Tag Archives: beatitudes

A Strong Foundation

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. —Matthew 5:1, 2 (NIV) I’ll never forget the words of an older minister friend who prayed for our small congregation during the morning worship. I was 29 years of age, […]

5 Sources of Persecution

“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted […]

The Goal of the Disciple

The goal of the disciple is stated in the fourth beatitude: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness” (Matthew 5:10). The means to righteousness are given in the first three beatitudes: The destitute—poor in spirit—man seeks a righteousness not in himself for he recognizes he has nothing. His must be what the reformers […]

Let Me Be Your Friend


“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” —Matthew 5:9 Living the Beatitudes can be compared to a ship’s traversing the Panama Canal. You cannot simply sail straight from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean, because the sea level of the Atlantic is, depending on the tides, about 40 feet lower […]

How to Show Mercy

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. —Matthew 5:7 An old man was walking the beach early one morning, bending down to pick up starfish and throwing them out into the ocean. A teenager came by and asked, “Old man, what are you doing?” “These starfish will die of dehydration once the […]

Take a Spiritual Bath

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” —Matthew 5:8  Peter Marshall, former chaplain of the U.S. Senate, told of a mythical town at the foot of a mountain range. The town’s water supply came from the many springs located in the hills above it. A hermit forest dweller asked if he […]

Never Stop Growing

I had always thought my longtime friends’ good marriage resulted simply from a blessed compatibility. I learned differently when I heard her speak to a group about having a happy home. She recounted the adjustments both had to make. Every year they read together at least one book specifically devoted to improving marriage. I’m not […]

5 Characteristics of Meekness

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” —Matthew 5:5 Perhaps no religious word is more misunderstood than the word meek. Who wants to be meek? The contemporary notion conjures up the image of a person who gets run over, whose backbone has the consistency of a wet noodle. The meek woman becomes […]

The Most Unforgettable Christmas Eve

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” —Matthew 5:4 The most unforgettable Christmas Eve in my life is when Diana died. She was 29. For six months she fought leukemia, wanting not only life for herself, but to continue as wife to her husband and mother to her two daughters. In the […]