Blessed are those who feel the weight of their spiritual need.
Blessed are those whose hearts break over sin and evil.
Blessed are the gentle and humble of heart.
Blessed are those who are thirsty and hungry for righteousness.
Blessed are those who love to shower forth mercy.
Blessed are those whose hearts are unstained.
Blessed are those who mend relationships with the salve of peace.
Blessed are those who suffer while following Christ.
It's such a simple observation, but when I write out The Beatitudes in my own words, wanting to feel what is being said afresh, I am struck by how heart-centered they truly are. Rather than revolving around codes of dress or some other external manifestation, Christ plows deep into the soul of man, right into our beating hearts. It is all about attitudes; and affections; and dispositions; the very deepest; the kind that not only swirl in the center but center on the whole- man in his totality.
It is the very best kind of focus.
I am also struck by another simple observation. God wants these realities to constitute the sum total of his people. Everyone is to be truly happy as they reflect and embody a goodness that is inherently sublime. One might here think of Paul's words to the Romans: "For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit" (Romans 14:17).
Pure hearts living in harmony with joy unbound. Oh, to taste it more now. And oh, to taste it fully someday.
It is the very best kind of community.