Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. He said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Matthew 5:1-12 (NIV)
Oh the irony!
I am reading this and writing this as I patiently wait in a line to pay my TV license. All my stateside friends are like TV What? I chose the last day possible to renew my agreement with the South African government to own a TV. The result is I am in a long queue.
As I watch those in front of me. They are frustrated with the long line too. Not many have been merciful to the cashier and some are definitely not working to make peace.
My application to follow Jesus is to be a peacemaker and show mercy.
How does this challenge you to follow Jesus?