Love, mercy, forgiveness and peace can be hard to find in today’s culture. Jesus prioritized all these attributes in His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7).
The first verses of the Sermon on the Mount are known as the Beatitudes. The very first beatitude spoken by Jesus in Matthew 5:3 says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” In the past, I’ve not truly understood the meaning of the phrase “poor in spirit.” I have learned it means having an attitude of total dependence on God. It is when we adopt a humble spirit, recognizing our incredible need for God and realizing He is God and we are not! Jesus promises we will be blessed.
The seventh beatitude in Matthew 5:9 says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.” Our Lord is called the “Prince of Peace” in Isaiah 9:6.
We are living in a time where being “poor in spirit” or a “peacemaker” do not seem very popular. Many do not recognize a need to have God in their lives. They, instead, think that they themselves have the only correct and best ideas for how to live their lives. And without the “Prince of Peace,” is it any wonder that peacemakers now seem to be few and far between?
Matthew 6:9-13 is the prayer Jesus taught his disciples and all of us to pray. The Lord’s Prayer sums up what is needed now more than ever. At this time of anger, division, hate and anything but peace, let’s pray the Lord’s prayer whenever we can and model this prayer for our children.
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil one.