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If you want to know what holiness looks like, take a look at the picture Jesus paints in the beatitudes. In case you’re wondering, let me explain that the English word “beatitude” means “blessedness” and comes from the Latin word beatitudo. Found in Matthew 5:3-12, each of the beatitudes begins with words that are often translated “Blessed are.” And who precisely are blessed?
It’s not the rich, the well fed, or the successful as we might think but those who are poor in spirit, those who mourn, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. The list that Jesus presents in the Sermon on the Mount turns our ideas of blessing upside down, revealing a God who cherishes a heart that is shaped like his.
John - Stott
John Stott has said that:
“No comment could be more hurtful to the Christian than the words ‘But you are no different from anybody else.’ For the essential theme of the whole Bible from...
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