Matthew 5:4, NASB
Mourning is the cry of a spiritual newborn drawing first breath in God’s world. Before we are reborn we live in sin, like a womb where everything exists for us alone. Then we are born into God’s kingdom, and we cry out in shock that we are no longer the center of everything. But our heavenly Father pulls us to his chest to embrace his newborn child. He lifts us up, wipes our tears, and assures us of his loving presence. Then he begins to feed us and help us walk toward spiritual growth. He comforts us when we are overwhelmed by this big world with its many unknowns. God cannot comfort those who are unwilling to mourn.
Learning to obey the heavenly Father is an ongoing process for his children. Every day we must offer our stubborn will to him again. There will be tears of mourning when we fall or when we are disciplined. And in those times, instead of demanding “God, get me out of this,” we must ask, “God, what can I get out of this? What will you teach me from this?” The comfort of God’s presence enables our obedience and trust. He is growing us in discipleship to send us on mission.
Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.
Matthew 5:5, NASB
Children go to kindergarten to learn to share their toys, play with others, and obey their teachers. They learn not to hit other children or pitch tantrums. God teaches us gentleness as we learn to depend on him and love others as ourselves. He calls it his great commandment. Total dependence on our Father produces a gentle approach to life. He is growing the heart of a disciple who can love others as he loves us. Those who share gentleness with others are heirs to God’s kingdom.
Of course, the world does not see it that way. The world adores those who are brash and loud. But the gentle are adored by those who know them best. Gentleness does not mean we are forbidden to express strong feelings. But a gentle response to life should replace volatile reaction for a maturing child of God. That kind of gentleness springs from the assurance of God’s presence, and it frees us from the need to response to every threat—real or perceived. Be gentle today!
— Mark Powers
P.S. THIS POST MARKS ONE FULL YEAR OF POSTS ON THIS SITE! Thanks for being a reader. May God use what He has taught me to inspire and grow you as His disciple and missionary in your world. Please leave a comment on what God has done in your life through this Blog. Thanks.