Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Bible Study: The Beatitudes

Once a month my family does a Bible study, either at my house or my parent's house. I think I would like to blog about our topics.

This week we studied the Beatitudes. The beatitudes are blessings given by Jesus during his Sermon on the Mount.

Matthew 5:3-10

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted
Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

The verse given to me was verse 4 "Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted".

The obvious answer that came to the forefront of my mind was mourning loss of a person. My good friend had just that day laid to rest her 10 month old baby, and we were all in mourning with her. Of course we will all be comforted, we will be reunited! But as I looked into it more, I realized there is a lot more to it than just dealing with death and grief.

Look at our world today.  Morals are out the window. Cursing, crude humor, pornography, and all sorts of sexual immorality walk among us freely. Things that have always been considered wrong or immoral are now suddenly accepted. Even worse, read the comments on any given article. If you're a Christian, you are assaulted with "your imaginary/invisible god" or how terrible we are. And then there are Christians who claim to be a follower of Christ, yet stand with the world. We are to be set apart.

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

1 Peter 2:9 But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:

Christians today only want to preach LOVE and ACCEPTANCE, that our God loves everyone doing anything. This is FALSE doctrine!  The Bible is very clear about things that He considers an abomination, or abhorrent to him. 

This brings me to my point of "blessed are they that mourn".  Blessed are those that mourn the fallen state of our world. Blessed are those that see lost souls who are blinded to the truth. Blessed are those that stand in this world, witnessing the takeover of sin. Blessed are those trapped in the fallen world and just want to go home, because one day, Jesus will wipe the tears from our eyes, and the pain of this world will be over. 

Be blessed!!

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