John Hill Aughey, one of the notable gospel ministers, said: “Holiness consists of three things separation from sin, dedication to God, transformation into Christ’s image. It is in vain that we talk about the last, unless we know something experimentally about the first.”
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6).
Our Lord Jesus Christ, in today’s text above, pointed out some salient issues about Christian conducts.
When a great multitude followed Him, He went to the mountain, where He taught them what they should know about true fellowship with God, which obviously would make them enjoy life on earth and in heaven.
Remarkably, Jesus pointed out that nobody would be able to make heaven without being poor in spirit.
Heavenly-minded people should not be haughty, but be humble and lowly. They must acknowledge their spiritual wretchedness, bewail their guilt and thirst after God.
For those who mourn for their poor spiritual state, Jesus assured that they will be comforted and filled with happiness. Their godly sorrow would enable them have true repentance, become watchful of everything they do and continue to depend on God wholeheartedly.
Jesus equally taught of the benefit of meekness, pointing out that those who quietly submit to God and bear all insults patiently would inherit the kingdom of God.
Those who are meek would always live peaceably with everybody. These teachings of our Lord are still relevant to us today.
Our desires of spiritual blessings must be earnest. At every moment, we should be friendly with everyone, not being proud or feel that we know more than others.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Nothing so clearly discovers a spiritual man as his treatment of an erring brother.
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