Day 12 - What Does It Mean to Be Blessed?

Read Matthew 5:3-11

I've been studying part of Deuteronomy 28 this week, and it strikes me how similar yet different these two passages are.  Deuteronomy 28 basically says "If you obey all these commandments, everything you do and everything you have will prosper and be blessed"; while Matthew 5 is so counter-cultural (and by that I mean counter to the Jewish culture).  Jesus didn't say everything you had or did would prosper.  He said blessed are the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, the persecuted, the insulted. 

Where do you fit in that list today?  Are there people who are in that list that you don't like, that you don't want to see blessed?  Are there qualities listed there that you need to work on today?

Jesus, help me to see where I am lacking today in character.  Form me, Lord Jesus, into your likeness.  Amen.


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