Reflections on “Blessed are the meek!”

Christ was master of the paradox. His teaching is salted with shining contrasts like:
Last is first, giving is receiving, dying is living, losing is finding, least is greatest,
poor is rich, weakness is strength, serving is ruling. For Christ, paradoxes were an
especially effective way of getting people to see essential spiritual truth – in this
instance, (Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth). This mark of the
Holy Spirit makes us gentle, humble, sensitive, and patient in all of our dealings
with others. – Kent Hughes
The man who is truly meek is the man who is amazed that God and man can think
of him as well as they do and treat him as well as they do… Finally, I would put it
like this. We are to leave everything—ourselves, our rights, our cause, our whole
future—in the hands of God, and especially so if we feel we are suffering unjustly.
– David Martyn Lloyd-Jones
There is probably no more beautiful quality in a Christian than meekness. It is the
humble strength that belongs to the man who has learned to submit to difficulties
(difficult experiences and difficult people), knowing that in everything God is
working for his good. The meek man is the one who has stood before God’s
judgment and abdicated all his supposed ‘rights.’ He has learned, in gratitude for
God’s grace, to submit himself to the Lord and to be gentle with sinners.
– Sinclair Ferguson

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 on the Cross. As bearers of suffering, they stand in
communion with the crucified. They stand as strangers in the power of Him
who was so alien to the world that it crucified Him. This is their comfort, or
rather He is their comfort, their comforter…This alien community is comforted
by the cross.
– Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Discipleship
Every suffering can be blessed because it hollows out a place in us for God and
His comfort, which is infinite Joy.
– Peter Kreeft, Back to Virtue

If your right eye causes you to sin…

27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

How would I live differently if the truths of this passage were more real in my life?

I would take drastic action in getting rid of whatever in the natural course of events tempts you to sin!

Prepare for eternity rather than eyeing the fleeting pleasures of sin. The present is not your entire life. We are destined for eternity. The right eye and the hand can doom a person’s glorious destiny.

The words of Jesus remind us that sin is an incredibly destructive force and must not be pampered. For some of us today, here’s what He’s calling us to do:

Ask Him for His strengthening grace and the power of His Spirit to do the following:

Destroy the scandalous picture; condemn and shun the soul-destroying film, burn the obscene book, break off the sinister yet intimate social tie, and discard the baneful habit.

Charles Spurgeon wisely intoned: “You can’t keep the birds from flying over your head, but you can keep them from nesting on your head.” May the Lord strengthen us all to fight the battle against our out-of-order desires (a.k.a. lusts)!