Follow the instructions

What is Jesus saying personally to me today – Follow the instructions

I wonder what Jesus saw and thought when he looked at all the people waiting for him to speak. Perhaps he saw desperation, pleading eyes, lost souls that were seeking instructions and guidance on how to live a good, happy and meaningful life and thus he provides the beatitudes. He gives us all the way, the disposition to hold and aspire to, the results of what be if we follow the instructions. It’s worth a try I think.

Thank you for speaking to me Jesus

How do I respond to what Jesus is saying personally to me today?

I have really struggled to follow through with an act of forgiveness and haven’t put pen to paper. I have felt stuck, vulnerable and apprehensive as there is so much going through my mind. Today Jesus provides me with the road map and instructions on what to include. I first need to acknowledge my mourning of a lost relationship and poor spirit. I need to do this because it is righteous, it needs to be merciful, it should be written to bring peace and have a gentle tone. I will use these elements to write today, no more excuses or distractions.

Prayer:

Lord,
provide in me a peaceful heart so that I can follow your instructions.
May your words be my guide.
Please be present when I do this work.
May the results be more of you and less pain and suffering.
Amen

Matthew 5:1-12

Seeing the crowds, Jesus went up the hill. There he sat down and was joined by his disciples. Then he began to speak. This is what he taught them:
‘How happy are the poor in spirit;
theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Happy the gentle:
they shall have the earth for their heritage.
Happy those who mourn:
they shall be comforted.
Happy those who hunger and thirst for what is right:
they shall be satisfied.
Happy the merciful:
they shall have mercy shown them.
Happy the pure in heart:
they shall see God.
Happy the peacemakers:
they shall be called sons of God.
Happy those who are persecuted in the cause of right:
theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
‘Happy are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven: this is how they persecuted the prophets before you.’