Red Letter Diary

Reflections on the words of Jesus (in red)

“Blessed…”

Matthew 5:3
“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Our Western culture engulfs us with choices. When we are children we learn to pick and choose and try to control the world around us to get what we want from it – we manipulate others, parents, friends, all in the name of getting what we want out of life, or getting what we think we deserve.

God cannot be manipulated in this way. As our culture teaches us to fill up our ego, Christ directs us to empty it out. He tells us that we need not be slaves to pride and power – that the true princes and princesses of the kingdom of heaven, those who will inherit God’s ultimate creation, are those whose spirit has been emptied out so that His spirit can fill them to overflowing.

Empty yourself so that you can be full!

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