Bible Insight For The Week

THE BEATITUDES – Series 2

Matthew 5:4 KJV
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

What does it mean to mourn? It means to feel or show sorrow for loss or death of someone or something.

Typically it means to acknowledge the feeling of sorrow for the loss of a dear one.

Sorrow isn’t something people generally like to acknowledge or accept. Most try to block it out by engaging themselves in various activities that will distract the mind from the pain associated with the loss. Such activities might be engaging more in sports, or spending more time at work or almost all day on the television or social media, just to keep the mind blocked from that pain. Others might engage in even worse activities that are negative, such as drinking, taking hard drugs, going into sexual immorality etc, with the same intention of running away and not facing the reality of the pain that came with the loss.

Regardless of whether the activity is negative or not, anything done to block out pain or it’s reality will ultimately draw that individual farther from God who is the only one that can truly bring comfort to those in pain.

Jesus is teaching us in the key Verse above that those who embrace such loss and allow the pain to make them truly mourn are blessed, because by doing so, they will be comforted.

Once you embrace the reality of that loss and allow the pain flow out, instead of blocking it, you open the door for comfort and healing. This helps to keep your heart open to God and helps the Holy Spirit have an open door into your heart to comfort it. But if you block it, you close the door to the Holy Spirit.

If you are going through such today or just realized you’ve been running away from the pain of something that happened in the past. I encourage you to open your heart to Jesus today. He understands that pain and wants to walk with you through it and out of it. Just ask Him now to help you and He will.

God bless you.

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See you next week.


Previous Week

THE BEATITUDES – Series 1

Matthew 5:1-3 KJV
And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: [2] And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, [3] Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Our key verse is verse 3. It says blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of God. Meditating on this verse should bring up two main questions. What does it mean to be poor in spirit and is it a virtue I have?

To understand this better, lets use a referenced scripture verse to gain a deeper insight.

Isaiah 66:2b KJV
But to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.
Proverbs 16:19 KJV
Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

The two bible verses above explain that a person who is poor in spirit is one who has a humble and contrite heart and who has the fear of God.

This means that a person with such virtues humbles his/her self to the word and instructions of God with reverence and holy fear (knowing that God’s word is absolute and must be abided by) and allows it to influence and transform their lives. Thus living a life of brokenness to the Word of God.

They are not hardened in heart when taking corrections from the word of God, but are rather like king David in the bible who accepted his mistake when he was corrected and immediately genuinely repented with a humble heart. We too therefore, must remain humble to the Word of God by allowing it to break, mend, correct and build us where it needs to. This is the only way we can grow in Christ.

We must not neglect any part of the word, nor ignore any correction or direction it gives us. That is how we remain poor in spirit.

When next you read your bible, look out for instructions, corrections or guidelines, and ask yourself, “Am I living out what this scripture is saying”, if you are not, start it. Don’t downplay any scripture as not important, rather, if you don’t fully understand it, ask the Holy Spirit to give you its true meaning, and when He does, abide by it.

It will surprise you how your life will transform as you allow the Word of God in the Bible to continuously influence every part of your life. The end of which is you inheriting the kingdom of heaven.

God bless you.

Join me next week for Series 2 on the Beatitudes.