The Beatitudes paint a true view of a Christian disciple. First, the disciple is alone on his knees before God, acknowledging his spiritual poverty and mourning over it. This makes him meek and gentle in all his relationships, since honesty compels him to allow others to think of him what before God he confesses himself to be. Yet, he is far from accepting his sinfulness, for he hungers and thirsts after righteousness, longing to grow in grace and goodness.
A Christian’s relationship with God does not cause him to withdraw from society, nor is he insulated from the world’s pain. On the contrary, he is in the thick of it, showing mercy to those battered by adversity, problems, tests and sin. He is transparently sincere in all his dealings and seeks to play a constructive role as a peacemaker. Yet, he is insulted and persecuted on account of the righteousness for which he stands and Christ with Whom he is identified. Even though he is slandered and falsely accused after showing mercy; yet, he does not hold bitterness or malice, but counts it all joy, as Jesus did.
Matthew 5:38-44 reads: “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”
People today often claim to be Christian, yet display the fruits of the flesh. They display the traits of an unregenerate person and are often in open rebellion. Statistics reveal that there is little difference between those claiming to serve Jesus and the honest agnostic or atheist. All lie, cheat, steal, fornicate, commit adultery, malign, slander, conspire, frame, sue, etc. Even in leadership, there is little difference. Many pastors today employ the same tactics to discredit those whom they are against. Out of selfishness, jealousy, envy, bitterness, and strife...hatred grows, and they sin.
These leaders conspire, gossip, slander, drop comments to those whom they know are close to the innocent servant, making them doubt their credibility. And, as Samson would say, “you slept with my heifer.” If you can even meet with these people (since much of the time they will avoid you or even refuse to meet with you), they manifest themselves through aggression, personal attacks, and criticisms. They even directly lie to cover up their conspiracies, gossiping, and use the sins of others to save face while talking with you. Oh yes, they can preach real nice about how to treat a fellow believer in a Christ-like, gentle spirit of reconciliation. But, when it is their turn to live what they preach, all manner of godliness leaves them. Their innate person exposes itself for all who possess discernment to see. Instead of restoring relationships, they break confidence with the confessee and turn him over to the civil authorities in order to protect themselves.
Ladies and gentlemen, do not follow the personality cult you see behind the pulpit. Follow the personality of Jesus Christ!
Study the characteristics of the fruits of the Holy Spirit and appropriate them as the Word promises. Submit yourself under the Lordship of the Scriptures, and with diligence and determination be grafted daily into His divine nature. We are never divine, but we can by our choice place our life/pride daily under the blood and allow the Word and the Spirit to change our personality and character into His likeness. Then we are able to respond and behave as Jesus would, calmly and without prejudice or anger, always exercising love. Instead of listening to the proud and jealous assassinate a servant of the Lord’s reputation, we can tell them that we are going to talk to the other person, relaying what is being said. We want them to come together so that truth, reconciliation, and restoration can take place. If the gossiper refuses, then the guilt is self-evident.
Since all the Beatitudes describe what every Christian disciple is intended to be and should become, we conclude that the condition of being despised, rejected, slandered and persecuted is as much a part of the Christian life as being pure in heart or merciful. Yes, Scripture tells us that the Beatitudes are Jesus’ own definition of what every Christian’s attitude/personality should be!
WMI is now focusing on the following 42 nations: The United States, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Philippines, India, Jamaica, Honduras, Kenya, Madagascar, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana, Rwanda, Burundi, The Congo, Iran, Sweden, Norway, England, Russia, Germany, Finland, Austria, Poland, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Yugoslavia, Romania, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, and Turkey. In these countries we are trying to saturate the nation with the prophetic warning through articles, newspapers, radio, television, etc. We encourage you to study the prophecies on many of these nations on our web site at www.worldministries.org. They will help you know how to pray for each nation. We need intercessors in and for these countries.
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