Lately, with everything going on in our nation regarding #whoselifematters, some have even suggested that Jesus Christ would have championed for these groups based on his words in Matthew 5.
Online this read “Jesus vs. #alllivesmatter”
Let’s take a look at what Jesus says, shall we?
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for 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 sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus Christ certainly listed groups of people He feels should be blessed, but do you note any ethnic groups or races in His wording? No. In fact, every single people group listed here could and should represent every person He came to die for (the world).
The Poor in Spirit – Have you ever been poor in spirit? If you’ve walked in the way of Christ for very long you have….its not always a mountain top experience. There have been times in my life when I have been so burdened, all I could do was weep before the Lord. But He is always faithful and has always blessed my poor spirit in His way and in His time.
Those who Mourn – If you’ve lived very long, you’ve felt the sting of death and the pain this type of loss brings. If we let Him, God will bless those who mourn with a special closeness of the Holy Spirit. God understands.
The Meek – The definition of meek is this: “quiet, gentle, and easily imposed on; submissive.” Jesus calls us to be all of these attributes. Many Christians like the Jesus who flipped over the sellers’ tables in the tabernacle (and yet sinned not); we all like that kind of champion. But being quiet, gentle, easily imposed on and submissive…these are harder pills to swallow. Yet Christ, throughout scripture, calls us to be meek and led by example (even when he flipped the tables in the tabernacle).
Those who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness – THIS. This is what God wants. He wants His children wanting Him – hungering and thirsting after Him – as much as He wants us. God gave His only Son, Jesus, to change our lives and eternity, yet often, we have a hard time giving Him a few minutes each day. Want to be blessed? Ask God to help you every day to hunger and thirst after HIM.
The Merciful – We all want mercy. Mercy is undeserved. Mercy is receiving forgiveness in place of punishment. Being merciful means we’re the ones forgiving the undeserved, the guilty, the unlovable, those who hurt us. But God says if we want mercy, we need to show mercy. And believe me, even though it’s unnatural to our nature, being merciful will bring an abundance of blessings.
Pure in Heart – Has there ever been a time in history when we are any more about ourselves? We are solely interested in OUR agendas, OUR ideas, OUR hurt feelings, OUR WAY OR THE HIGHWAY…these come from a heart set on ourselves. But God wants us to have pure hearts. Purity comes from refining and God is the Refiner. When the Master refines, He works in our lives to remove anything that isn’t like Him. Wow, what a process…a process that will never end until we’re HOME.
Peacemakers – We surely could use more peacemakers these days. A peacemaker reconciles adversaries rather than running from, arguing with, or ignoring those with whom they don’t agree. They understand that arguing will not bring about a change of heart – only God can do that. Being a peacemaker doesn’t make one weak; instead, their confidence in the Lord propels them to react differently…like Jesus.
Persecuted for righteousness sake – Jesus is our righteousness. Jesus gave all for me…I can give no less than my all for my Savior. Jesus already told us that if we, children of God, are hated by this world, we are not to worry because they hated Him first. And, if we are emulating Christ, we will be hated (Satan will see to it). But the reward far outweighs any persecution we will face on this side of eternity.
Every single attribute listed in Matthew 5 is for every child of God. And when we display them, we will be BLESSED.