Principles of Life 9 Part I
Basic Questions People Have on Self Acceptance
Why does God allow physical or mental deformities to mar the life and happiness of certain people?
Usually there is a incomplete frame of reference which prompts this question.
Which is one. that beauty and talent are essential for happiness.
and two there is an “international ideal” that mental, parental and social variations can be measured by.
Gods perspective is this:
1. Happiness is a by-product of responding to life from God's perspective. It is not determined by our circumstances but by our responses to them.
2. God is fashioning an “inward ideal” composed of eight specific qualities which are summarized in Matthew 5
These qualities are:
Poor in spirit
They that mourn
They that hunger and thirst after justice
The Clean of Heart
They that suffer persecution for justice' sake
Notice the promise of the first beatitude in verse 3: "Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." And notice the promise of the eighth beatitude in verse 10: "Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Both of them have the identical promise, "For theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
But the other six beatitudes sandwiched between these two are all different. Verse 4: "For they shall inherit the land" Verse 5: “For they shall be comforted." Verse 6: "For they shall be have their fill" Verse 7: "For they shall obtain mercy." Verse 8: "For they shall see God." Verse 9: "For they shall be called the children of God."
Notice that all of these are promises for the future. "They shall posses the land . . .They shall be comforted . . . They shall have their fill. . . " And so on. But the promise of the first and last beatitude in verses 3 and 10 seems to relate to the present: the disciples are assured that "theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
So here is the thought.
There are 6 qualities that can be had. But to have these six, we must have the first one and the eighth one first. That is we must be poor in spirit (Matt. 5:3), and we must be suffering for Justice sake, (Matt 5:10)
( II Timothy 3:12) And all that will live godly in Christ Jesus, shall suffer persecution.