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Being Persecuted for Righteousness: Do You Feel the Pressure? (8 of 8)
Series: Blessing Redefined
March 4, 2012
Since this is the last message in this 8 week series, I would like us to take a moment or two and review the first 7 beatitudes.
Blessed are the poor in spirit. This refers to being spiritually bankrupt. It means you realize you have nothing in and of yourself to sustain your spiritual existence. It's the opposite of arrogance and spiritual pride.
Blessed are those who mourn. This is mourning and being brokenhearted over your sinfulness and the overall sin of mankind. You weep over breaking the heart of God.
Blessed are the meek. This means that not being overly aggressive to try and get what God doesn't want you to have. You exercise power under control. You're willing to wait for God's provision.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. It means you are DESPERATE to live obediently to the commands of Christ as if your life depended on it.
Blessed are the merciful. Mercy is "compassion in action". You minister to and love people who are suffering the consequences of their sin even though they don't deserve it, because you have been the recipient of God's mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart. It's being more concerned about the interior than the exterior. Out of your heart flows everything you do, so you are to guard it.
Blessed are the peacemakers. These are those who go out of their way to pursue peace; who understand that they have been given the ministry of reconciliation. This involves both reconciling man to God, and man with each other.
Then Jesus closes out these beatitudes with…
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
If there were ever a passage of Scripture that is difficult to grasp the relevance of, it might be this one.
I am not sure we really know what it's ...
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