Blessed are You (Video Talk)

Video Talk

Luke 6:20-23 ESV

“And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said:

‘Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.

‘Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.

‘Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.

‘Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets’.”

The “poor” being spoken of here are not necessarily the physically poor, for not everyone who is physically poor has the promise of the kingdom of heaven as belonging to them, and not everyone who is wealthy is excluded from the kingdom of heaven. So, we have to interpret this from a spiritual not a physical perspective. Thus, this is speaking of those who are poor in spirit, who are humble before God, who are repentant, and who submit to Christ as Lord, and who surrender their lives to Jesus Christ.

The same applies to this next section. This is speaking of those who are spiritually hungry, who hunger and thirst after righteousness, and who hunger for God and for his word and to obey his teachings. Their desire is for the Lord and no longer for the pleasures of this sinful world. They want to know Jesus and they desire to know his will so that they can obey him and so that they no longer live in disobedience to him. They love him and so they want to do what pleases him, not what displeases him.

And continuing on that same vein, those who weep are not just those who are weeping over things going on in their personal lives. This is speaking of grieving over our sin to the point of genuine repentance so that we do not return to repeating the same sins over and over. If we truly are those who weep over sin, and not just ours only, but the sins of the world, and the sins of those who give lip service to Jesus only, the Lord will fill us with his joy. He will put smiles on our faces and he will give us the ability to even laugh.

Now, if all of the above is true of us, that we are humble, and we are repentant, and we do grieve over sin, and we hunger and thirst after righteousness, then we are blessed of God. He favors us. We are happy in him. But it also means that we will be hated and mistreated for our love for Jesus and for his word and for our walks of obedience to our Lord and for our testimonies for him. But when we are mistreated we are to forgive those who persecute us and we are to treat them with kindness in return.

[Matthew 6:14-15; Matthew 18:21-22; Mark 11:25; Luke 6:37-38; Luke 11:4; Luke 17:3-4; 2 Corinthians 2:5-7; Colossians 3:12-13]
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Blessed Are You

An Original Work / August 29, 2012
Based off Luke 6:20-49 NIV 1984

“Blessed are you; blessed are you
Who are poor for God’s kingdom is yours.
Blessed are you; blessed are you
Who are hungry, you’ll be satisfied.
Blessed are you; blessed are you
Who weep now, for you will laugh with joy.
Blessed are you; blessed are you
when men hate and reject you because of Christ.”

“Rejoice in that; rejoice in that day
And leap for joy; great your reward.
But I tell you; but I tell you
To love those who hate you; do them good.
Pray for those who; pray for those who
Treat you wrong and say kind things of them.
Do to others; do to others as you would
Have them do; have them do to you.”

“If you love those; if you love those
Who love you, what praise is there for you?
Because Christ is; because Christ is kind,
Be merciful, just like He is.
Forgive others; forgive others
Their offense against you; be ye kind.
Hear My words and; hear My words and
Put them into practice, then you’ll be fulfilled.”

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