Blessed are the poor in spirit

Jesus requires a humble, contrite heart. He requires the posture of a child: nothing to give, everything to receive. In the Father’s wisdom, He chooses to reveal His Son to those who are humble instead of the those who are prideful. “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit” (Psalms 34:18). It is not the intellectual that God opposes but the intellectually proud. In Matthew 5, Jesus says “Blessed are the poor in spirit”. In other words, blessed are those who know they are not righteous; those who know they could never earn God’s favor. It is to these that the Father reveals the unmerited favor of the Gospel. The spiritually poor, the broken-hearted, the humble, the weak, these are the people to whom God reveals himself.

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