SEPARATING THE SPIRITUAL FROM THE PHYSICAL
THE HIDDEN MEANING
This next scripture is for those who do for others out of the kindness of their heart, instead of an award or privilege granted as a special honor or as an acknowledgment of merit. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure heart, For they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5: 3-10 NKJV
HUMBLE – Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12: 16-21 NIV
1 Peter 5: 5-9 – In the same way you younger people must submit yourselves to your elders. And all of you must put on the apron of humility, to serve one another; for the scripture says, “God resists the proud, but shows favor to the humble.” Humble yourselves, then, under God’s mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good time. Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you. Be alert, be on watch! Your enemy, the Devil, roams around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Be firm in your faith and resist him, because you know that other believers in all the world are going through the same kind of sufferings. GNT
Realize Their Need for God – I truly believe, that this scripture directs our attention to what we can do for those in need, in contrast with what we may or may not want to do. It is important to understand that no matter what we may want to do in life, if we don’t have the ability to provide those needs we cannot do it. However, if God blesses you with the ability to do what is right in the eyes of everybody, we should utilize those means whether we want to or not, as believers.