Daily Devotional – The Beatitudes by Thomas Watson Part XXXIV

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Image Depicting Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount

The Beatitudes

by Thomas Watson

An Exposition of Matthew 5:1-12 

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 satisfied.”
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”
“Blessed are the pure in 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 theirs is the kingdom of heaven

Christian Meekness (Continued) 
Remembering the overall theme is meek people are blessed people.

Meekness towards MAN; Continued:

I shall lay down several MOTIVES or arguments to meeken the spirits of men.

10. If all that has been said will not serve to master this bedlam-humor of wrath and anger, let me tell you, you are the people whom God steaks of, who hate to be reformed. You are rebels against the Word. Read and tremble: ‘Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come forever and ever; that this is a rebellious people, children that will not hear the law of the Lord’ (Isaiah 30:8, 9). If nothing yet said will charm down the wrathful devil, let me tell you, God has charged every man not to meddle or have any league of friendship with you. ‘Make no friendship with an angry man, and with a furious man you shall not go’ (Proverbs 22:24). What a monster is he among men, that everyone is warned to beware of, and not to come near, as one who is unfit for humane society! Make no league, says God, with that man. If you take him into your society, you take a snake into your bosom. ‘With a furious man you shall not go’. Will you walk with the devil? The furious man is possessed with a wrathful devil.
Oh that all this might help to meeken and sweeten Christians, spirits!
But some will say, ‘It is my nature to be angry and passionate!’ I answer:

[1] This is sinful arguing. It is secretly to lay our sin upon God. We learned this from Adam. ‘The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat’ (Genesis 3:12); rather than Adam would confess his sin, he would blame it upon God. ‘The woman you gave me’. As if he had said, ‘If you had not given this woman to me—I would not have eaten.’ So, says one, ‘It is my nature; this is the froward, peevish nature God has given me.’ Oh no! you charge God falsely. God did not give you such a nature. ‘He made man upright’ (Ecclesiastes 7:29). God made you straight; you made yourself crooked. All your affections at first, your joy, love, anger were set in order as the stars in their right orb—but you misplaced them and made them move in an evil way. At first the affections like several musical instruments well tuned, made a sweet consort—but sin was the jarring string which brought all out of tune. Vain man, do not plead that it is your nature to be angry; thank yourself for it. Nature’s spring was pure—until sin poisoned the spring!

[2] Is it your nature to be fierce and angry? This is so far from being an excuse, that it makes it so much the worse. It is the nature of a toad to poison that makes it the more hateful. If a man were indicted for stealing, and he should say to the judge, ‘Spare me; it is my nature to steal’, were this any excuse? The judge would say, ‘You deserve the rather to die’. Sinner, get a new nature. ‘Flesh and blood cannot enter into the kingdom of God’.

What shall I do to be possessed of this excellent grace of meekness?

1. Often look upon the meekness of Christ. The scholar that would write well, has his eye often upon the copy.

2. Pray earnestly that God will meeken your spirit. God is called ‘the God of all grace’ (1 Peter 5:10). He has all the graces in his gift. Sue to him for this grace of meekness. If one were patron of all the livings in the land, men would sue to him for a living. God is patron of all the graces. Let us sue to him. Mercy comes in at the door of prayer. ‘I will yet for this be enquired of by the house of Israel to do it for them’ (Ezekiel 36:26, 37). Meekness is the commodity we need. Let us send prayer as our factor over to heaven to procure it for us; and pray in faith. When faith sets prayer on work, prayer sets God on work. All divine blessings come streaming to us through this golden channel of prayer!

Thus concludes our study on Christian Meekness, tomorrow begins Spiritual Hunger!

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