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Posted on 27 Apr 2016 11:29

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2016

Matthew 5:3 (KJV)

3. Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus taught that the world seen from God’s viewpoint is tilted in favor of the oppressed, and he who humbles himself will be exalted (Luke 14:11;18:14).

Why would God single out the oppressed for special attention?
1. Suffering helps us realize our urgent need for redemption.
2. Suffering helps us experience our dependence on God and our interdependence with one another.
3. Suffering helps us distinguish between necessities and luxuries.
4. Suffering helps us respond to the call of the gospel because we may have become so desperate that we cry out to God.

People who are rich, successful, and beautiful may go through life relying on their natural gifts. But people who are needy, dependent, and dissatisfied with life are more likely to welcome God’s free gift of love.

The hardships we experience, the trials that we face, will teach us that we’re strongest when we’re trusting in God’s grace.

BELIEVE IN ORDER TO RECEIVE.

REV. SHERRY CURRY

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