Sunday, August 30, 2015

Daily Walk: Lowliness of spirit and the Beatitudes

It was a cool and cloudy morning at Standing Bear Lake for my walk yesterday.  My meditation came from Proverbs 16:19:

It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor
    than to divide the spoil with the proud.

How do we obtain "a lowly spirit?"  It is only possible if we consider the Lord who is high and lifted up.  It is only in relationship with the triune God that we rightly see ourselves.  When we see Jesus, the exact representation of God, then we will see who we truly are.

I pondered the relation of a lowly spirit in comparison with the Beatitudes.  In some ways each beatitude teaches what it means to  be "of a lowly spirit" or poor in spirit in relation to particular subjects:

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted," teaches what it means to be lowly in spirit with regard to sin.  

"Blessed are the meek," teaches what it means to be lowly in spirit with regard to God's authoritative words, which are found in the Old and New Testament of the Bible.  

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness," teaches what it means to be dependent on the power and resurrection of Christ to live a new life in faith and love.  

"Blessed are the merciful" teaches what it means to be lowly in our relationship with others, forgiving as we have been forgiven.  

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God," shows the high privilege and treasure of knowing Jesus, those who choose the low place with Christ and his people ("the poor") and endure as seeing him who is not yet visible to their eyes.  

"Blessed are the peacemakers" teaches the love the lowly of spirit have for the lost and their willingness to speak the law and the gospel to others for their salvation.  

Finally, blessed are those who are reviled for Christ's sake, shows the love of the lowly of spirit for the Father and the Son, by the Spirit---a love that is willing to suffer for the sake of the One who is beloved.  A love that desires the approval of the Father and his Son more than the approval of a lost and rebellious world.

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