by Terry J. Hallock

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Accountability (2 of 8)
Series: The Attitudes that Bless: The Beatitudes
Terry J. Hallock
Matt. 5:4; I Jn. 1:5-2:2
September 24, 2000

In the first message of this series on the Beatitudes I suggested that our attitudes are like magnets attracting to us exactly what flows from us. A negative attitude built on lies will reap a negative harvest. A positive attitude constructed out of truth will attract positive gain. Our attitudes are like magnets. There are those that bless and those that curse. Much of the despair we experience is not a result of our circumstances but of our character, not the actions of others but the attitudes of our heart.

In the eight simple character descriptions of the Beatitudes, Jesus lays out attitudes that bless. The first is humility. "Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." That person is blessed who knows who they are and who they aren't; what authority they possess and what they don't; what they can achieve and what they can't; what they can change and what they never will. The blessed life begins, says Jesus, with knowing our limitations and the heart of our limitation is found in the truth that the Lord is God and we never will be. As Philippians 2 puts it, "Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: who though he was God did not consider equality with God something to be grasped but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant."The second attitude that blesses is accountability.

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted"(Matthew 5:4). The blessed person not only knows their limitations and never tries to exceed them; they know their sins and never try to deny them. The person who hungers for a blessed life never plays God and never pretends to be perfect. They place themselves in willing subjection to the Lord who loves them and open themselves in willing accountability to the One who can cleanse them. They recognize they are a sinner in need of a Savior ...

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