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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Reflections on the Beatitudes

Luke 6:20-26
"And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said:
“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
“Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.

“Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.

“But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
“Woe to you who are full now, for you shall be hungry.
“Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.
“Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets."

{poor, hungry, weeping, hated, insulted, nameless}
{rich, comfortable, well fed, laughing, highly esteemed}

Which would you rather be for a season?
Which would you rather be for eternity?

It is our choice to decide which path we follow and our choices have earthly and eternal consequences. Charles Spurgeon speaks on the results of this choice as well:

"Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him." Isaiah 3:10
"From the beginning of the year to the end [...] it shall be well with the righteous. It is so well with him that we could not imagine it to be better, for he is well fed, he feeds upon the flesh and blood of Jesus; he is well clothed, he wears the imputed righteousness of Christ; he is well housed, he dwells in God; he is well provided for, for the Lord is his shepherd; his is well endowed for Heaven is his inheritance. [...] O beloved, if God declares that all is well, then thousand devils may declare it to be ill, but we laugh them all to scorn."

Something to think about!

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