Happy Monday! As we begin the week it doesn’t surprise me that we start with Matthew 5 verses 1-12, the Beatitudes. While I can simply list the Beatitudes, as I will today, this week I want to spend time pondering on a few of the verses. So, enjoy today’s devotion and I hope you join me this week as I dig deeper into the verses. Have a safe and enjoyable day.
Bible Verse – Matthew 5:1-12 NLT
“1 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them.
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
Notice in these verses, those who are blessed live a life that we may not desire (e.g., poor in spirit, meek, etc.) or that the world describes as less than. Yet, Jesus spoke to them. Not only did he speak to them, he sat down with them and taught them. In summary, his reminder was that they were blessed for many reasons. Sisters and brothers, those blessings only come when properly related to God through faith and when we put our trust in Him.
When I read the Beatitudes, I think beautiful attitude because as we walk through this life we will experience hardships and various trials, but we will be blessed because of our beautiful attitude that is displayed as a result of our relationship with God.
May the Lord be with you and bless you this day.
Lord, thank you for today. Thank you for waking us up and giving us another opportunity to serve you. Lord, thank you for blessing us. Lord, forgive us when we fail to appreciate all the things you have done for us. Lord, help us to see our blessings instead of focusing on the trial. Help us to see our ability to draw nearer to you in the midst of a trial. Help us to adjust our attitudes so that others will continue to see you at work in us in spite of our trials. Lord, heal our brokenness and use it for your glory. Lord, you know the needs of every reader and we pray that you will cover them, give them peace, guide their heart, provide wisdom and discernment, and cover their financial needs. Lord, we love you and thank you. In Jesus name we pray, amen.
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