Reflections on Blessed Are the Peacemakers

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God. Only those who have first tasted peace with God at the cross of Christ can become peacemakers. - James M. Boice The peace intended is not merely that of political and economic stability, as in the Greco-Roman world, but peace in the … Continue reading Reflections on Blessed Are the Peacemakers

Blessed Are Those Who Are Persecuted for the Sake of Righteousness

Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. - Acts 14:22 No other faith of mankind, religious or political, has quite so extensive a record of violent bitter opposition to its growth than the Christian church. - Kenneth Scott Latourette It may seem strange that Jesus should pass from peacemaking to persecution, from … Continue reading Blessed Are Those Who Are Persecuted for the Sake of Righteousness

Reflections on “Blessed are the Merciful”

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy." (Matthew 5:7) “Teach me to feel another's woe, To hide the fault I see, That mercy I to others show, That mercy show to me.” - Alexander Pope English poet (1688-1744) O Christian, know your condition - the misery and the mercy. And let the horror … Continue reading Reflections on “Blessed are the Merciful”

Reflections on “Those Who Mourn”

“Blessed are those who mourn” is, paradoxically, a more necessary message than “Rejoice in the Lord always,” because there can be no true rejoicing until we have stopped running away from mourning. - Simon Tugwell, The Beatitudes The disciples bear the suffering laid on them only by the power of Him who bears all suffering … Continue reading Reflections on “Those Who Mourn”