- There are 2 ways of understanding the beatitudes
- Lord, help me to cultivate a willingness to be…
- This is how God works.
- Luke 17:20 observed, here, there, midst
- Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Meek gentle humble
- Survival of the fittest. Early bird gets the worm. The only thing the meek get is left behind.
- Fretting is what we do when our plans don’t seem to be working out.
- we begin to control > make us more miserable and fretful.
- Here’s the context. The life that God blesses is the life that he uses.
- Jesus often demonstrated meekness.
- Palm Sunday > feet washing > Gethsemane
- Matthew 11:28-30. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
- We are afraid that we’ll end up the losers in the end.
- The paradoxical – meekness = strength
- God always gives what’s best to those who leave the choice to him
- there is no salt of the earth or light of the world, beatitudes, written and found within your life.
- As a teenager, I would walk by and whisper, “Water off a duck’s back, Mom.” She came to understand my code—Let it go; Grandma doesn’t mean anything by it, and we know you’re a good wife and mother—and my whispers usually helped. But now I wish I had known to say, “Roll it onto God, Mom.”
- world is a better place when I roll it off my shoulders and into his hands.
- to inherit something is to be rightly related to the person who has it