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Compassion: Receiving the Ability to Care

 

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy” (Matthew 5:7).

I told a friend recently that I’m a recovering Type-A. What I mean by this is that compassion is not my natural default! I’m visionary, motivated, task-oriented, and determined… but I’m not naturally sensitive and caring. When that shows up inside me, I know that God is in the house!

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Satisfaction: The Surprise Blessing of Character

 

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matthew 5:6).

Jesus seems to have the habit of surprising us. We crave one thing, and He comes along and says, “No, no; don’t crave that. Let Me show you what to crave because this will bring the satisfaction you are looking for.” This idea catches us off guard: we are more accustomed to spiritual darkness than light.

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Mourning: Experiencing God’s Comfort

 

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4).
 
This is one of those statements that only sounds good in church. In real life, few ever discover the “comfort”…and as a result, they discount what Jesus was teaching. No one ever comes right out and says as much, but if I could ask the angels, “How much traffic does this promise get?” I’m pretty sure they would say, “Not much!”
 

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Poor in Spirit: Our Access to God’s Provision

 

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3).
 
Are you getting comfortable with feeling poor in spirit? If so, you are on the right track. I tell men, “I don’t want to lead any man into combat who says he is not afraid. I want men who admit they are afraid but are comfortable with fear.” It works like this with being “poor in spirit”: getting comfortable over time.

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