Luke 6:17-26He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon, 18 who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by impure spirits were cured, 19 and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.
20 Looking at his disciples, he said:
“Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are you who hunger now,
for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.
Blessed are you when people hate you,
when they exclude you and insult you
and reject your name as evil,
because of the Son of Man.
23 “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.
24“But woe to you who are rich,
for you have already received your comfort.
25 Woe to you who are well fed now,
for you will go hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now,
for you will mourn and weep.
Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you,
for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.
Take the culmination of our life
Then take your - self.
What you like that makes you.
What could make you more of that Person to Him.
What YOU LOVE.
What you really are forgiven for.
What makes you worry and fret.
What you can do for those YOU LOVE.
What makes them more of what You Love about them.
And makes something you say as you go to Jesus - I did this.
What is your best and real self
What is your HA THAT"S ME SELF that's good.
WHY WE NEED TO BE FORGIVEN and say gasp THANKS.
And do that with the discipline you have.
This passage hits me hard.
We can look and find passages where Jeremiah complained. Paul died. And David was very sad. We can see Rehoboam mess up Heaven and bring life.
Noah got drunk. People get mad. They don't care what your life is - they want this to be tidy and without feelings of discomfort, jealousy. They want God to act as if God was running for President.
Not creating His Son in scandal and being born in a barn from a town were family dwelled. Not seeing brothers rarely got a long in the Bible.
Joel Olsteen recently said a lot of life feels like life passed you over. And these are the moments that we can actively seek to do pull ourselves up only in belief God is for us. Clark said pull up our boot straps to love. Won't work. Only God creates in us the goodness to Love and Go Forth in hard circumstance.
The message of the Bible is to do our best. To not base self worth on the opinions of others who do not know our circumstances. That God covers offenses not with cheap and easy grace but with Sheer Love and Compassion when we pour our our earnestness to Him.
In faith, when we have given this our all and sit like Psalm 131, Jesus would say as He cradles us - there is no condemnation in Jesus Christ. Because God covers us with HiS Righteousness.
Father God, I know what I want for myself. What can I do for You today? Help me to get there with Your Help. In Jesus - who is Good. Amen.
Thank You, Jesus Christ Our LORD!
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