Today started with a disappointing situation, but we move on.
Finally got in to my journey, have been drawn to Matthew 5,6 and 7 the most open and detailed teaching of Christ Jesus Him self
The Sermon on the Mount: starts with what is known as The Beatitudes
¶When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying,
¶“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
¶“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
¶“Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.
¶“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
¶“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
¶“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
¶“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
¶“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
¶“Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.
“Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
This is what i gathered from what are called the Beatitudes
I am to be gentle, merciful, a peacemaker and pure in Heart, I am not to become enraged, anger or worried when others insulted or persecute me.
If i can learn to live in this manner the Lord will bestow upon ne several blessings,
So the question I must ask myself, am i any of these things.
With most of the above I would have to admit no I am not, looking at my life and the way I treat, react or respond to others I would have to say no, except for one i dont fear man for man can not condem the spirit to hell, they can only do damage or comit death to the body. this world is not my home!
By honestly looking and seeing this i see it is my choice to be gentle, merciful, a peacemaker and pure in Heart or not and it is my choice to be enraged, anger or worried.
Yes these are things i need to work on.
So today i chose to be gentle, merciful, a peacemaker and pure in Heart and to not choice to be enraged, anger or worried.
Holy Spirit i ask for your help in changing my attitude, it is my choice and i chose to be gentle, merciful, a peacemaker with those who come into my life and to live my life by being pure in Heart and i chose to not choice to be enraged, anger or worried but when others my treat me in a unbecoming or aggressive way but rather instead give them, the situation and my feelings and attitudes to the Lord.
At this point the Holy Spirit directed me to 1st Corinthians 13
The Excellence of Love
¶ If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.
¶ Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
¶ Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.
For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.
When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.
But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.
These words were not directly spoken by Christ Jesus but were gathered form the life of Christ Jesus and presented to Paul the disciple or apostle of Christ Jesus for him to send on to the Church at Corinth,
in reality it has been sent to the Church as a whole that means to the Church of today no matter where you are.
What was made perfectly clear to me is that love is an action and that as an action it makes it my choice, my choice to love or not, it was also shown to me that there are times i choose not to love and that that comes out of selfishness on my part.
For no one makes me not love except myself, it is my choice so i will take each action of love and practis it dayly