Incidentally, many of the Beatitudes are the exact opposite of what we want to do.
While easy to appreciate, they are difficult to apply. Correct doctrine must always lead to Christlike behavior.
MATTHEW 5:1-2 Developing a Disciple’s Attitude Matthew 5:1-2 1/4/04 In a classic comic, Calvin and Hobbes are talking about the New Year when Calvin says, “I’m getting disillusioned with these new years. There’s still pollution and war and stupidity and greed…I thought things were supposed to improve.
Here another year has gone by and everything’s still the same.
We wish each other “Happy New Year” without really thinking through what that means.As we go through these life-changing words, could I encourage you to memorize these verses?As we allow the Scripture to sink down into our souls, its power to transform us will be unleashed: “Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down.Warren Wiersbe points out that “blessed” is “an inner satisfaction and sufficiency that does not depend on outward circumstances for happiness.” Those who are “blessed” have inner lives that are rightly aligned. Having endured a lifetime of verbal assaults by the scribes and Pharisees, the multitude on the mount must have thought they had died and gone to heaven.” 5. No matter how messed up last year was for you, God loves to bring good out of bad.The root idea is “approval.” When we bless God, we are approving and praising Him; when He blesses us, He is expressing approval of us. Isaiah -19: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. ” Friend, I believe that God wants to use the Beatitudes in this body in order to extend His approval on each one of us.