Sunday, December 27, 2015
The Marks of a Blessed Person
UV 1624/10000 The Marks of a Blessed Person
Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.
Psalm 32 v2
To be in a personal relationship with our Father God is the secret of eternal life, the source of all our blessings on earth and in heaven guaranteed us through our faith in the Son Jesus. Without a living root, our lives are like a dead stump that cannot grow, endure or bear fruit. There is no one who has not sinned and fallen short of God’s greatness, perfection and standards. Only the ones who place their entire faith in Jesus are redeemed by grace from such a state of “hamartia” or misery, failure and shortcoming. To remain related to the Father God, we need to be blameless to show that we are not taking His mercy and grace for granted. We should appropriate grace not only to be redeemed but also to change.
We have two choices in life: to be blessed or to be messed. Peace is our most fundamental need. Progress is a secondary need. When we are blessed, we have access to both peace and the means of effective and lasting progress. The Hebrew word “shalom” is a combination of both peace and progress. Many people sacrifice their peace in order to achieve progress in their lives, ruining their health, happiness and personal lives.
A longing to live forever or to be redeemed is present in every human being. We also desire to be comforted in our sorrows and grief. We desire to be blessed with all the good things of this life on earth. We also have an innate desire to be righteous and upright. God desires purity in the heart of the believer. We are also called to be peacemakers or problem solvers in this world of conflict and disorder. Our faith is not meant only to last during fair weather or in favourable circumstances but to endure during times of trial and testing.
Prateep V Philip