Two Halves of a Whole, Part 1 (June 7, 2013)

Ephesians 4:32 “Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

The eight Beatitudes describe a blessed person.  The first four–poor in spirit, mourning (brokenness), meekness and hungry for righteousness–demonstrate need and are the keys to God’s heart.  They prepare our character for something greater.  The second four–mercy, pure, peacemaker and persecuted–focus on giving and are the keys to Christ’s character.  We give because God has given much to us.

“The two halves of the Beatitudes are in balance.  God gives of Himself because of our desperate need.  The greater the need, the more abundant His giving.” {p. 131 “The Mind of Christ Workbook“}

[Read Matthew 26-28]

Matthew 26:39 He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it’s possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me.  Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”

Father God,
You have forgiven me because Jesus is my Advocate.  I do not deserve what Jesus does for me, but I thank You for Your mercy.  Because I have been given much, I, too, want to give.  Amen.


About Jill Potts Jones

I am a Believer. I believe in God. I believe that Jesus Christ is THE Son of God. I believe that Jesus died so I can have eternal life. I am not ashamed to say that the Lord Jesus Christ is my God and my Savior!
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