Dear Hope family,
Thought for the Week
Beatitude 1 – Poor in Spirit
Matthew 5v3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
On Sunday mornings, I have been interested to look at the commands of Jesus in sequence in Matthew – seeing what he has actually told us to do: we are now at what we call the “Sermon on the Mount”. This sermon is heavily reliant on the idea of the kingdom of heaven, and much of it is expansion of the principles set in the beatitudes. I intend to reflect on each beatitude in turn over the next few weeks in this “Thought for the week”.
In our culture it is often the assertive, the self-confident and the self-assured who obtain things. In the kingdom of heaven it is quite different. Jesus says the kingdom of heaven belongs to those who are “poor in spirit”. He means those who are humble, who are not self-promoting. It is those who do not consider themselves to be the most important or to be the most “OK”. Someone who is poor in spirit will recognise their errors and admit them, they will defer to the preferences of others, and they will not presume their own importance; they will not seek their own ends, but consider the needs of others above their own. Our reliance is on God our heavenly Father.
Jesus exemplifies this spirit. He is the one who gave up heaven for a season to come to earth as a human. He served and served, even washing his disciples’ feet. He was ill-treated and abused even to death, but he never retaliated.
What situations are we facing where we need to exercise this poverty of spirit, this spirit of humility?
May the Spirit of Christ dwell in each one of us.
With love and blessing,
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