Posts by John Longmire (Page 2)

Posts by John Longmire (Page 2)

Matthew 5:11-12

“You are blessed when they insult you and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of me. Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:11-12)   In this last blessing of The Beatitudes, Jesus gets very personal. He knows that his disciples will face persecution because of their association with him, and he likens them to the prophets…

Matthew 5:10

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs. (Matthew 5:10)   Righteousness is favor with God. Because the world resists God, it will also resist all those who pursue the righteousness of God. But persecution from the world is a sign that our faith is genuine. It means that our internal pursuit of God has made its way into our outer life and we are beginning to bear fruit. When we are…

Matthew 5:9

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. (Matthew 5:9)   Peace is a spiritual gift. It is a sense of well-being that all is right between us and God. God gives us this gift because he does not want any of his children to wallow in doubt, regret, or self-pity. Christ has given his life for us, and if we repent of our sin and turn to God, God forgives us and all is well.…

Matthew 5:8

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. (Matthew 5:8)   God has designed the heart to be the habitation of His Holy Spirit. To be a human being is a noble and glorious thing, for we were designed to live in spiritual union and harmony with God. God loves us and has made us to be His children–members of his household with whom He can share His inmost thoughts. The problem is that we are sinners,…

Matthew 5:7

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. (Matthew 5:7)   When we pray The Lord’s Prayer, we say, “Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.” The same truth is conveyed in this blessing. God wants to forgive us and will do so whenever we repent, but he expects us to show the same kindness and grace to those who have offended us.    Each of us should examine our hearts daily to…

Matthew 5:6

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. (Matthew 5:6)   The word for righteousness in the original language of the Bible means “divine approval.” Jesus promises that if we genuinely pursue righteousness, we will indeed find what we are looking for. When we seek to live in a way that pleases God, God will most certainly be our helper. And the righteousness God will give us will not be a shallow, meager righteousness,…

Matthew 5:5

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. (Matthew 5:5)   Meekness can be interpreted as humility or gentleness. These are essentially the same characteristic but are directed differently. Humility is directed toward those in authority over us. As God is the highest authority, we should acknowledge God’s Lordship over every aspect of our lives. Humility sets us right before God, and God always blesses those who seek to honor Him.    Gentleness is directed toward those over…

Matthew 5:4

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. (Matthew 5:4)   Mourning has a place in our spiritual journey. We should mourn when we consider our sins and how they have kept us from God. We should mourn at how our sins have brought harm to us and to others. We should especially mourn when we consider that Jesus gave his very life on the cross in payment for our sins. When we mourn in this way, Jesus…

Matthew 5:3

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs.” (Matthew 5:3)   The Sermon on the Mount begins with a series of blessings called “The Beatitudes.” All of us can find help and encouragement in these simple promises, regardless of where we are in our spiritual journey. Jesus begins with a blessing on the “poor in spirit,” which references those who recognize their spiritual poverty. We begin our spiritual journey when we come to God as…

Matthew 5:1-2

“When he saw the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to teach them, saying…” (Matthew 5:1-2) Jesus Christ has come to show us the ways of God. He is our Rabbi, which means “our teacher,” and he invites us to live as his disciples. The Sermon on the Mount of Matthew chapters 5, 6, and 7 encapsulates the way of discipleship Jesus came to teach. Jesus…