Matthew 5:3, 9
Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.

In these “Beatitudes” that Jesus preached you can replace the word “Blessed” with the word “Happy.” “Happy” are the poor in spirit (those who are detached from their material wealth). Basically the message is: “Happy are those whose first priority is to love God and to pass that love to their neighbor.” That means everyone…including your enemies! What would happen if we responded to hate…with love? The kingdom of God (heaven) would break into the present. Do these “Beatitudes” seem to completely contradict the messages of our culture and our human inclinations? Yes…they do! But the Beatitudes were Jesus’ core message. How will you respond?

Suggested song of the day– “Love God” on the Live to Love album.
All songs available on iTunes. Click on the link under blogroll to the right.
CDs available by clicking “home” and then the “store” tab.
Have a blessed day!


About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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