Monday, October 15, 2012

The Be-Attitudes

What are the best guiding principles that an individual must adhere to? No matter what people might say, every principle is derived from somewhere or someone. No one could claim that it was their own. Our parents took their parenting principles from their parents and future parents will do so unless they could discover new principles that others are advocating. Every principle becomes a measuring stick to conduct life. Attitudes are molded by it. Thus a person’s integrity is directly connected to their principles. 

No wonder that there are individuals who has high sense of destiny and attitude while others do not. Majority of people have underlying principles that guides them in all their decisions and directions. Therefore, a principled person is generally stable and secure. Where does one get the right principles for living? There are principles in the area of finances, relationships, employment, ideals and so on and so forth. But what kind of principles will be the sure ticket to happiness? Here lies the truth of the matter: every principle must be grounded and anchored properly to avoid falling to pieces when it is tested by circumstances contrary to the principle. The strength of one’s principle is tested when the right time comes and usually, during the worst of times. When pressures of life come down on you, our response must be in accordance with what we consciously follow.

When Jesus spoke about the beatitudes to His hearers, it was such radical principles that are contrary to the prevailing principles of the day. I believe that everyone was in awe of them when Jesus advocated it to be the guiding principles of those that hear them. All of us have heard it one way or another. I know them as the “Be-attitudes.” It surely is controversial to someone when asked to do so. Let me share it to you what Jesus said that day as recorded in Matthew 5: 3-12, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (NIV)

One of the key interesting points of these principles is the aspect of being blessed when applied. Imagine, there is a reward for adopting such attitudes. Simply stated, these are principles direct from heaven brought by Jesus to humanity. Think about this for a moment, keeping and allowing them to be the guiding principles of all our conduct will revolutionize every forms of relationship we have. Whether they are within the sphere of our influence or outside and it will surely benefit us greatly without measure. Actually, Jesus provided humanity with what many are looking for in life.

Come to think of it, Jesus gave us principles that will last for eternity. He himself fulfilled every aspect of it in His own lifetime. Therefore, it could be done as well. The good news about is this: we are not alone when we choose to apply them. Jesus promised that those who follow them shall find blessing and the status of being blessed. But one must let Jesus assist you in this endeavor. We cannot do it on our own for sure. Therefore, we need Jesus to guide us through and through. A relationship with Him, the author of these principle and attitudes is a must. Well, you could try it but you will find that it is very hard to be one. I know, I tried them but did not work. 

One clear example is in the area of forgiveness. Releasing forgiveness is one of the obstacles that many are trying to overcome. When you are not able to forgive, then you cannot truly forgive. Jesus showed us how to do it when He was on the cross, he uttered forgiveness when He said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” He was still on the cross yet he released forgiveness to those that crucified Him. That’s why Jesus is qualified to come into our lives and to help us extend forgiveness to those that have wronged us.

Remember that when you ran out of forgiveness to give, just asks God for a measure of forgiveness to be release to those who have wronged you. And God who is rich in forgiveness will give it to those who ask in faith through His Son Jesus. C’mon, give it a shot. What have you got lose? O yeah, an unforgiving heart. Why not?

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