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I love God!! I am a travelling RN working in labor & delivery. I have an AWESOME son & daughter in law and a brand new grandson! They will be fabulous parents because THEY are outstanding. I love the Seattle Seahawks...my favorite player hands down is Richard Sherman for a number of reasons. I love to draw portraits and I am dabbling with mixed media painting...I suppose I'm an artist! I love photography, but I'm a novice & am constantly practicing as I make my way through God's wonderful creation.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

BE-attitude

Among my favorite passages is the 'sermon on the mount' found in Matthew Chapter 5. As I struggle to behave as a Christian ought to, I can go back to this passage and use it as a foundation to follow. Christ was teaching Jewish Christians that what mattered most was not so much that they went through the motions to follow the law to the letter, but the attitude that was driving these actions. My attitude is the number one thing I struggle with as I putter through this life.

Matthew 5

1 And seeing the multitudes, He went up into the mountain: and when He had sat down, His disciples came unto him: 2 and He opened His mouth and taught them, saying,
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

"Poor in spirit"? A complete emptying of the 'self' part of myself. A realization that I am 100% dependant on God, that without Him, I am absolutely nothing. This must be the foundation on which all other thoughts are based. Easy to say, very tough to do.
4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

"Mourn"? As I look at the world around me and note the corruption and see how far from God we are as a whole, it should cause me to 'mourn.' Not only society, but myself specifically. As David said in Psalm 51:3: "For I know my transgressions; And my sin is ever before me." 10: Create in me a clean heart, Oh God, and renew a right spirit within me. 11: Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not thy Holy Spirit from me."
It should make me mourn when I think about the sinner that I am and that against God and Him alone am I transgressing.

5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Sad that in our world today meekness is not seen as a strength, but as a weakness. We are so filled with pride that we somehow believe we have to "one up" our fellow man in order to be of some value when in fact we ought to empty ourselves and place our neighbor's needs above our own. We have to swallow that pride in order to become meek.

6 Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

How much time do I waste in a day? A week? A month? WAY too much. How much time do I spend searching His word in order to draw closer to Him? Not near enough. If I am truly hungry and thirsty for righteousness, then I ought to be continually reading scripture and learning how He intends for me to behave. Righteousness is found ONLY in Him.

7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Being merciful is 180 degrees from human nature. We hold grudges, we remember the negative, we even read negative into things that may not have been intended as such. (I suppose I should not speak for people as a whole, I can replace the 'we' with 'I')
He was merciful enough to send Christ to die an excruciating death to save me, a full blown sinner. Did I deserve it? Not a chance. So why is it so hard for me to be merciful?

8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Pure in heart. What an awesome quality! When I think about this concept, I envision a child. Who is purer in heart than a child? Children don't pick up on the inuendos in music and films. Children don't insult...they may be painfully honest, but never with the intention of harming another, they just know no other way to be! Children don't read negative into things we say to them. Children accept things at face value, they don't expect anything from anyone. They are loving to all regardless of race, religion, male or female, spotted past, etc.. They are forgiving in an instant.
OH to be pure in heart! OH to see the world as a child sees it!

9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called sons of God.

Who are the peacemakers in this world?
Those who take the gospel to everyone they meet! What a greater source of peace than to know that our Lord, our Father has a place reserved for us in heaven? What could give you more peace than to know that for certain?  

10 Blessed are they that have been persecuted for righteousness' sake:
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Persecution. Quite a topic and one we as Americans really know very little about. Sure, we may face a little ridicule when we don't laugh at a dirty joke, or when we choose not to participate in questionable activities...but come on, REAL persecution? No, we are not exposed to that here. When we read about the treatment of Christians in other countries we are appalled. Yet, sometimes we go along with things or remain silent just to "fit in" or to prevent "rocking the boat". Shame on us (ME!)

11 Blessed are ye when men shall reproach you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets that were before you.

This "persecution" should cause us to rejoice?! That is so foreign to the "Take care of Number One" attitude that has permeated today's society. We feel slighted if a single unkind word is spoken of us, regardless of the reason...but especially if we are doing what is right in the sight of God!! How dare someone speak evil of me? Yet He tells us to rejoice in this! Another difficult attitude to take on in my day to day life. 

13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing,
but to be cast out and trodden under foot of men.

Salt preserves. Salt adds flavor. Salt must remain different in order to do this. If I do not stand out in this world then I am no longer good for anything?
I should NOT blend in. Others should be able to look at me and realize that I am living for Christ. If I blend in, something is wrong. The more of the world that I allow in, the more dilute I become until I'm undetectable all together. If I get to that point, obviously
I'm not living right. I've lost my savor. 

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a lamp, and put it under the bushel, but on the stand; and it shineth unto all that are in the house. 16 Even so let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Of course, I do not want to "toot my own horn" as I let my light shine. Just as with the salt, I need to stand out or something is wrong. I should be noticable as a Christian giving God the glory all the while. If I am reflecting Christ, I should shine BRIGHT!!

17 Think not that I came to destroy the law or the prophets:
I came not to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass away from the law, till all things be accomplished.

19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20 For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven.

I don't want to be a Pharisee, standing on the sideline, passing judgement on those whom I don't believe have gotten it just right, exhaulting myself above my fellow man, thinking in my heart that I'm "better" than they are because I went through the "proper" steps! NO! 
I want to have the attitude that Christ described as he began this sermon! 
Praying and working hard to BE the way Christ instructed.
This must be my foundation.
So thankful to my Lord for what He did for me.

1 comment:

  1. So much truth and light here. Beautiful words.

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