Black Christians : The Beatitudes

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  1. cherryblossom

    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

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    "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
    "Poor in spirit" means to be humble. Humility is the realization that all your gifts and blessings come from the grace of God. To have poverty of spirit means to be completely empty and open to the Word of God. When we are an empty cup and devoid of pride, we are humble. Humility brings an openness and an inner peace, allowing one to do the will of God.

    It is pride, the opposite of humility, that brings misery. For pride brings anger and the seeking of revenge, especially when one is offended. If every man were humble and poor in spirit, there would be no war!

    "Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted."
    Gregory of Nyssa taught that the Beatitudes built one upon another. Thus if we are humble and appreciate that all of our gifts and blessings come from God, we grow in love and gratitude for Jesus Christ our Savior. But this can only produce mourning and regret over our own sins and the sins of this world, for we have hurt the one who has been so good to us.

    "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth."
    A person who is meek is gentle and kind, and exhibits a docility of spirit. Obedience and submission to the will of God are certainly not in vogue these days, but they will bring one peace in this world and in the next.

    "Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied."
    A continuous desire for justice and moral perfection will lead one to a fulfillment of that desire - a transition and conversion to holiness.

    "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy."
    Love, compassion, and forgiveness towards one's neighbor will bring peace in your relationships. And your Heavenly Father will be merciful with you! Jesus reminds us that whatever "you did to the least of my brethren, you did it to me ." Here are the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy:

    The Corporal Works of Mercy
    1 Feed the Hungry
    2 Give drink to the thirsty
    3 Clothe the naked
    4 Shelter the homeless
    5 Comfort the imprisoned
    6 Visit the sick
    7 Bury the dead

    The Spiritual Works of Mercy
    1 Admonish sinners
    2 Instruct the uninformed
    3 Counsel the doubtful
    4 Comfort the sorrowful
    5 Be patient with those in error
    6 Forgive offenses
    7 Pray for the living and the dead

    "Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God."
    To be pure of heart means to be free of all selfish intentions and self-seeking desires. What a beautiful goal! How many times have any of us performed an act perfectly free of any personal gain? But an act of pure and selfless giving brings happiness to all.

    "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God."
    Peacemakers not only live peaceful lives but also try to bring peace and friendship to others, and to preserve peace between God and man. Gregory of Nyssa pointed out that by imitating God's love of man, the peacemakers become children of God.

    "Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven."
    Jesus said many times that those who follow Him will be persecuted. "If they persecute me, they will persecute you ." But the Lord promises his disciples that their reward will be the Kingdom of Heaven!


    http://jesuschristsavior.net/Beatitudes.html
     
  2. Da Street Rebel

    Da Street Rebel Banned MEMBER

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    confusion lol

    no wonder the confusion in this sect, where it is said the one without sin cast the first stone, and it says we are ALL sinners, so if you admonish sinners and everybody a sinner then that includes people who follow this train of thought.

    my bad i'd couldn't help lol'n here you talk about UNIFORMED :help: :?: :sleep:

    how about some reverse counseling? this is mind control talk here

    i rarely see patience with some people who follow this

    forgive? i rarely see forgiveness, i see hate, arrogance, and vanity
    from SOME who follow this train of thought
     
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    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

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    Beatitude:

    1. supreme blessedness; exalted happiness.
    2. (often initial capital letter) any of the declarations of blessedness pronounced by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount.
     
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    Amen!
     
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    Angela22 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Great post, CherryB.

    Blessed is the Father and the Holy Anointed, for certain. :) For the Father gives His blessings with a liberal hand, to sinner and righteous alike, and the Son, Most Beloved of the Father, has come and did a great thing for us all.

    Coming to this world like we are, except perfect in all His way, dying for our iniquities and sins so that we might see light and salvation, and being resurrected the 3rd day back to life eternal, so that our redemption be sealed and confirmed is something only the truly faithful can understand, appreciate, and praise the Father for! He has shared with us, life!! By faith and belief in His Way, we can never lose it, but have gained it eternal as He has it. Blessings!