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The Beatitudes - Part 7

Posted: July 01, 2019

“When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said:

“You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.” Matthew 5:1, 9

I wonder why it says that when you cooperate, you discover who you really are?

I think that it’s because anybody can compete or fight. Getting up in arms, arguing, trying to be “tough” requires no peace, love, self-control, or patience. Finding your place in God’s family means working as a team, using the gifts God gave you (first you have to know what they are!), and complementing the other parts of the “body.” Living in darkness and being harsh isn’t who God made you to be. It isn’t easy to change that hardness into true peace, but the Bible promises blessings when you do.

“Drinking beer is easy. Trashing your hotel room is easy. But being a Christian, that's a tough call. That's real rebellion.” ―Alice Cooper

Jesus, I want to find my place in Your family. Show me how to bring peace to my home, my workplace, my neighborhood, and in my heart. Show me who I truly am in You. Amen.