WHICH LIFE IS THE GOOD LIFE?
Dallas Willard asks this question in Chapter 4 "Who is Really Well Off? - THE BEATITUDES in his book THE DIVINE CONSPIRACY.
The Beatitudes in Matthew 5 are the answers from Jesus about this subject. Here is His scripture for today:
"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth."
Do you know anyone you would consider as meek? What is it about them that makes you link them to that category?
Meekness is not a natural characteristic for any of us.
Meekness is not being lazy / idle / inactive.
Meekness is not peace at any price.
Meekness is not a weak personality.
Meekness is not a spirit of compromise no matter what.
Jesus described himself as meek and lowly (Matthew 11:29).
Jesus served others - washed His disciples feet
Jesus was bold - confronted the Pharisees and Sadducees
Jesus forgave the ones who nailed Him to the cross
Jesus had self control (telling his disciples . . how long must I put up with you?)
Jesus was confident while teaching / healing / miracles
Moses was (Numbers 12:3) the most meek man on earth
Abraham was meek interacting with his nephew Lot. (Genesis 13)
David was meek interacting with Saul. (1 Samuel 24)
The Beatitudes progressively become more difficult. They are linked together with a logical connection.
This 3rd Beatitude is the most difficult so far due to including other people.
Here is an example. A co-worker many years ago used to wear a shirt that stated "I don't get mad - I get even". He said he didn't care how long it took, he had a plan and was going to get even. I was glad he did not give me any details.
People who are meek do not seek revenge. What about you? Do you have any revenge planned?
The Beatitudes do not talk about doing . . or possessing . . but point to "being", our character. Do you have the character described in the Beatitudes? Do I?
It is NOT our personality / education / abilities / talent / looks / strength / gift of gab / color of our skin / membership of any club or organization / houses or land/ job or speech.
Where to start? Choose a scripture and memorize it. It could be Matthew 6:33-34
"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Right now for me it is the 23rd Psalm. You may already know the Lord's Prayer
(Matthew 6:9-13) and other scripture.
We live in a culture of confusion - this is a good verse:
1 Corinthians 14:33. "God is not the author of confusion, but of peace." KJV
Prayer: Father, only You truly know me and only You truly know each person who is reading this blog today. No matter where we are on our path to You, we ask for Your Holy Spirit to lead and guide and that He may rule in our hearts more and more each day. We love you Jesus. Amen
Don't be over-whelmed. We only have today . . one day at a time.