April 3, 2017

Beatitudes or Platitudes?

Many live by platitudes.

Few live by the beatitudes.

A platitude is a trite remark uttered as if it were fresh or profound.

The following are platitudes:

Live. Laugh. Love.

Think positive, and positive things will happen.

Replace every negative thought with a positive one.

You are so much stronger than you think.

Good things come to those who wait. 
Better things come to those who don't give up, and the best things come to those who believe.

Every accomplishment begins with the decision to try.

Life is tough but so are you.

Be happy and smile.

One small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day. 

Be the best version of you. 

If you quote platitudes, then you are quoting man-made ideas that set no one free.

They are lies.

Only the words of Jesus will set the bound soul free.

If you know him, then you quote his words.

If you love him, then the very essence of him flows from you.

Not of works, lest you boast.

Not of trying to do it, lest you do it, on occasion, and think that you are successful.

Jesus said, "Happy are those who are full of mercy, for they shall obtain mercy."

Are you full of mercy, and are you happy, and not just sometimes, but always, or do you believe that when Jesus sets someone free, then they are happy sometimes, but not always?

He said, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God."

With every beat of your heart do you work for the cause of peace, and never do you stir up strife?

He said, "Happy are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." Is your heart pure?

Jesus said, "Happy are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of God." Are you proud?

He said, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." 

Do you weep over the lost? Nevertheless, is your soul at peace no matter what you see happening?

Jesus said, "Happy are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." Do you think  that others would say that you are overly submissive, docile, and tame? Would God say that of you?

He said, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled."

Are you filled with righteousness? Does it overflow from a heart that is full? Or must it be conjured?

Jesus said that those who know him will be persecuted for the righteousness that they proclaim, and that they will have evil things said about them, but that they will be happy nevertheless, and that the reward that waits for them is great in heaven. 

Have you been persecuted? 

Has anyone spoken evil of you because of what you do, or say? 

Lies will be told about you when you speak truth.

You will be happy anyway, and not because you "think happy thoughts," or try to stay positive.

Do you live according to every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God, or platitudes?

One will set you free, and the other keeps you in bondage.

Repent.

Believe on the Lord. Do as he says. Love him with all your heart. Love those who love him.

Or you will be hating the prophets who speak truth now, and the ones of old.

Whom do you love? Whose words do you speak? For whom do you weep?

When you love God, and live for him, then you will be hated.

Jesus is the example of one who lived solely for God, and was accused falsely, and killed.

Is that in your future?

It very well is if you speak truth.

Truth cuts to the core of selfishness, and love of money, and love of self.

Giving up on that is painful.

Giving up has a price.

Repenting is to admit that one is wrong.

Pride keeps one from wanting to admit error.

God hates pride. Pride keeps one from knowing God. Pride keeps one quoting platitudes.

Pride thinks "I can do this thing called life if I just keep thinking positive."

That is a lie. Platitudes are not Scriptural. The platitude sounds good, and it tickles the ear, and leaves you believing that you are in charge, and that is a heavy load, and you will fail.

The load Jesus gives the repentant is easy, and light. He carries them. He fills them with love. 

You will quote platitudes, and you will bear a heavy load, or you will repent, and be carried.

Which road do you walk? 

Will you repent, or do you live as you think is right according to what you hear in the world today?

Do you live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4)?

Or do you live by positive thinking?

We do not walk two roads.

Good trees (righteous people) do not speak lies (or bad fruit, Matthew 7:18).

What is coming out of your mouth?

Beatitudes or platitudes?






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