Hello, welcome to another wonderful week of extraordinary success and speedy acceleration.
Sequel to last week’s discussion through our devotional, I want to move a little further on the beatitudes (best attitude of a believer).
1. Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness. Jesus showed us what our pursuit should be in this scripture when He said, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6. What then does it mean to hunger and thirst for righteousness? Like the natural human being, he must feed on quality and balanced diet and drink good water so as to remain nourished in life. These are essentials for sustained living. So likewise, Jesus affirms to us the need to hunger and thirst after righteousness (right standing with God). In all that we do, we must seek to be in right standing with God. We must not compromise God’s standard. We should realise that if God is unhappy with us, we will be at risk of his wrath or anger, hence, we must seek to maintain a cordial relationship with Him by obeying Him and pursuing after being right in the sight of God. Then, Jesus says, they shall be filled. Meaning God will empower and bless such people.
2. The Merciful: One of the most difficult gift you can obtain from people is mercy. These days, it seems as if mercy is dead on the minds of people. True compassion seem not to be easily obtainable except it is for an expected return of such compassion. Jesus says here, “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.”Matthew 5:7. Being merciful means one is compassionate to another to give or forgive. We as believers and as one who look up to God for mercy must be willing and ready to show mercy and compassion to our fellow human being. Mercy is not premised on whether the person is; known or not, good or not, desrving or not, black or white, etc. It is not conditioned on anything. Mercy is the extension of love. If love can be unconditional, then mercy can likewise be unconditional. Jesus then says, such people will also obtain mercy from God.
3. Purity of the Heart: Jesus teaches us to be pure in the heart. Meaning, nothing is allowed internally or externally to defile our heart. Hence He said, “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8. One hard thing to do in a community of people is to have a heart not defiled by one thing or the other. People offend us, and somehow, we allow such offences defile our thoughts towards them and others. And most often than not, we label them with that offence and become suspicious of them. We also at times defile ourselves with lust for money, success, sex, fame and many other things. And when our hearts become corrupted by anything, it inhibits us from seeing God. Remember the Psalmist says, “who shall ascend to the hills of the Lord and who shall climb His holy mountain? He that has a clean hand and a pure heart. One who has not lifted up his soul to vanity nor sworn deceitfully.” Ps. 24:3-4. God is calling us to a purity of heart. Remember, we are not defiled based on the food we eat, nor based on the drink we drink, but from the abundance of the heart, a man is defile. But we’ve been called to be pure in the heart and as such we will see God.
With the permission of God, we will continue next week. Howbeit, it very necessary that you also study these things and I believe God will give you further understanding on these. God bless you. Enjoy the week.