REFLECT – Day 26
Onto another phrase.
We have studied:
‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven’.
‘Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth’.
‘Blessed are those who hunger
and thirst after righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.’
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.’
I can feel your excitement as we move into the next exploration. To find out the next blessing and the theme surrounding it, we need to turn back to a familiar passage. Lets read Matthew 5:1-10 again to find out.
Do we live from the outside in – to please others and build our reputation in the eyes of the world?
Or do we live from the inside out – seeking to live good, honest lives before God and leaving our reputation in God’s hands?
The sixth beatitude is about integrity. It is strong medicine for a world bombarded by 24/7 social media (which you may have used to access this devotional) and struggling to keep its hold on truth.
How might you start to discern where cultural infections have started to overrun your body? Could you limit your phone or tv time? Could you reduce your online shopping bill? Could you perhaps dedicate slightly more time to face to face relational meetings instead of online interaction?
The beatitude is also the best kind of good news for those who are weary of acting and keeping up appearances – the literal meaning of hypocrisy.
Jesus offers his own life as an example. He is observed at close quarters by friends and enemies. The four gospels, written within a generation or so of his resurrection, enable us to observe him, too.
The more deeply we read them, the clearer his character becomes. What we see is what we get: God’s love in human flesh. A new kind of way. A life lived with integrity in all areas.
Still your mind. Take time to listen to the words of Jesus and repeat them several times with the rhythm of your breathing:
‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.’
Observe today how often you pretend to others in order to guard or build your reputation.