The first three Beatitudes help us to understand that God’s plan for our happiness is based on maximum dependence on Him. The next five Beatitudes help us to understand that our happiness depends on maximum devotion to Him. What is implied in Maximum Devotion?
Five more characteristics—five more attitudes of the heart. First, we hunger and thirst for righteousness. That is, we desire the ways of God. We desire to be right with God. Second, we forgive. Forgiveness is easy for the person who truly recognizes how much we have been forgiven by God. Third, Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart.” Blessed are those who pursue holiness in life. Next, Jesus calls us to be peacemakers. Peace is not always possible, but all of us can pursue peace, be at peace so far as it depends on us, and work for peace in our relationships. (See Hebrews 12:14, Romans 12:18, and Romans 14:19.) Finally, Jesus calls us blessed if we are persecuted. Those who are persecuted are the greatest example of individuals completely devoted to God.
So, you want to be wise? The last two days have taught us to live in maximum dependence upon Him and in maximum devotion to Him.
Devotional by Steve Horn. Scripture links by www.biblegateway.com.