Morning, faithful blog followers. Sorry so absent. I'm up early enough to see the sun rise...well, I have a massive row of town-homes blocking my sunrise, but the sky is no longer black...and thought I'd share my morning reading with you.
I love the sermon on the mount, it's rather incredible in my opinion. I simply read through the beatitudes this morning, or as Eugene Petersen calls the section: You're Blessed. Most of the them, while incredibly insightful (insights from God Himself) seem to make obvious sense, such as, "You're blessed when you care...you find yourselves cared for." But the last one always gives me pause. Check it out:
"Not only that--count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens--give a cheer, even! -- for though they don't like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble."
Wow. Whether you're ridiculed by someone who doesn't believe what you believe, whether a fellow Christian makes you feel like a spiritual goodie-two-shoes because of how you believe, or you just get blindsided and don't know how in the world to classify it or why it even happened...take comfort in Matthew 5:11-12. Heaven may be applauding!