Saturday 16 January, 2022

Matthew 5:1-12

5 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them. The Beatitudes He said: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

I am struck by one very inspiring short phrase in this the well-known Beatitudes passage – “they will”. They will:

  • Be comforted.
  • Inherit the earth.
  • Be filled.
  • Be shown mercy.
  • See God.
  • Be called children of God.

Who will?

  • The poor in spirit.
  • Those who mourn.
  • The meek.
  • Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.
  • The merciful.
  • The pure in heart.
  • The peacemakers.
  • Those who are persecuted because of righteousness.

“They will” is such an assurance. There is no doubt here. God will be true to His word. Practice a life leaning into the latter list, and we will be assured the former list. No small calling!

But I didn’t accept the grace of Jesus Christ because the life He leads me in was going to be easy. I accepted His call because the hope He offered me was most inspiring and spoke to the deepest desires of my soul. This passage only affirms my choice, and challenges me to go harder after this most challenging but true of hopes. Lord, lead me in this blessed way of life.


Written by Ps. Rob Waugh

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