6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. — Matthew 5:6
The Love of Relationship
by Lauren Webb
Station Hill Campus
I once believed the Beatitudes held a key to identity. Perhaps I was meek…well, until you put me in the kitchen with my mother. Maybe I belonged with those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. I was faithful in study and prayer…well, until I skipped. Then there were those who mourn. Whit and I had faced grief. Later, I discovered I was right and wrong about the Beatitudes. Instead of viewing them as linear, I have learned to take a circular view.
Blessed are those who are poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
As disciples of Christ, we have those moments of powerlessness—moments that bring us to our knees where we acknowledge our inability. We find ourselves asking for help, and He draws near.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
When God draws near to us, we face our own sin, pride and false idols. We grieve the rift we caused. We grieve our own wants and desires, as we lay them down at His feet. Our wills bring death pains to our hearts, but only for a while. God provides comfort through His Word, His people and His resources.
Blessed are those who are meek, for they will inherit the earth.
As we grow, we see His provisions and our desire to please Him changes. We wonder how He could use us. Our meekness settles in, and God does something amazing. He sends us someone. He sends people who need to hear our story. Somehow, we find ourselves sharing our testimony and inheriting the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
As we share our story, we begin to realize we need Him more. We cling to His words and worship with renewed hymns. God never disappoints, and we are filled to the overflow.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
From this overflow, we see others in a new light. Mercy is easily offered when we understand the depth of His love for us. When we embrace others mercifully, He lavishes His great mercy upon us over and over again.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
As mercy is bestowed, our hearts change. He creates in us new loves, new hopes and new visions. He creates pure hearts to see His hand on our lives. We recognized the miracles plainly. We get the evidence of the God we desire.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
As the evidence of His authority in our lives transcends all understanding, we find ourselves explaining this to others. Our desire to witness Him in our daily lives translates as desire to witness for Him. We intentionally pursue the gospel of peace. We start to sound different from the world, bearing a likeness to the One we call Lord, being transformed into sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Then, as we stand as light in a dark world, we will be hated. Our work will fail, relationships will sour, and groups we once called friends no longer claim us. But we will realize that we are poor in spirit and will fall before His throne in surrender. He will once again remind us that the Kingdom of Heaven is ours—and the circle grows.
To love the Lord with all our heart, mind, soul and strength is to be in relationship with the One who grants the Kingdom. To love Him is to grow in the circle of relationship until we see Him in heaven. To love Him is to train our eyes on this relationship above our worldly perspective.
- Have you ever been tempted to doubt your relationship with your heavenly Father? How does this circular approach to relationship change your doubts?
- Do you feel stuck in your faith walk? Change your prayers to reflect the next Beatitude. Focus on the next level of relationship, and see if God provides discernment or growth.
- Do you know someone who needs to hear your story? Pray that God will open an opportunity for you to have a gospel conversation.
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