God Is Good! I love blessing! And as a pastor, one of the greatest blessings that I can receive is the blessing of hearing about how good the people who I get to pastor are doing spiritually. Last week, I was excited to receive phone calls, emails and text about the people in my congregation and the good way in which they were making choices to live their lives “out loud” for God. Keep up the good work!
We are spending some extended time in Matthew 5:12 and we have picked up two of the eight Beatitudes and are working on our third. We have discovered that we need to live with an attitude of humility which realizes that “we can’t, but God can.” The fact is: I am nothing without Jesus! We have also learned that we need to live with an attitude of sorrow. We have messed up this life that God has given us and when we come to the place where we will admit that, then God is able to bring forgiveness, restoration and blessing into our lives.
The third attitude that we need to get a grasp on is the attitude of meekness or gentleness. It’s is not that we don’t have the power. It’s just that we have learned in submission to God and His will to control that power, so that we do not abuse it. Jesus was our “Master Example” – He had the power, but not once did he abuse or misuse the power that was his. God can’t and God won’t give you control of anything – if you can’t control yourself! Emotion is a good and powerful thing, but it should never be your master!
Proverbs 16:32 says: “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty and he who rules his spirit than he who captures a city!” Tomorrow we will take a look at the steps that we need to take to grow gentleness in our lives. Until then – “Take It Easy Baby! Just be gentle!”