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Blessed are those who know they are spiritually poor; the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them! Blessed are those who mourn; God will comfort them! Blessed are the meek; they will receive what God has promised! Blessed are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires; God will satisfy them fully! Blessed are those who are merciful to others; God will be merciful to them! Blessed are the pure in heart; they will see God! Blessed are those who work for peace among men; God will call them his sons! Blessed are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires; the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them!
Blessed are you when men insult you, and persecute you, and tell all kinds of evil lies against you because you are my followers. Be glad and happy, because a great reward is kept for you in heaven. This is how men persecuted the prophets who lived before you.
But how terrible for you who are rich now; you have had your easy life! How terrible for you who are full now; you will go hungry! How terrible for you who laugh now; you will mourn and weep! How terrible when all men speak well of you; because their ancestors said the very same things to the false prophets.
The Applause of Heaven by Max Lucado
Sacred delight is good news coming through the back door of your heart. It’s what you’d always dreamed but never expected. It’s the too-good-to-be-true coming true. It’s having God as your pinch-hitter, your lawyer, your dad, your biggest fan, and your best friend. God on your side, in your heart, out in front, and protecting your back. It’s hope where you least. It; a flower in life’s sidewalk.
It is sacred because only God can grant it. It is a delight because it (blesses and makes happy). Since it is sacred, it can’t be stolen. And since it is delightful, it can’t be predicted.
Nine times he promises it to:.
“The poor in spirit… those who mourn… the meek… those who hunger and thirst… the meek… those who hunger and thirst… the merciful… the pure in heart… the peacemakers… the persecuted….
- The Beatitudes: Bless This Mess (gatheringinlight.com)