October 11th, 2004

Update for Sunday 10/10/04

I finished the Seven Marks of Christian Character the notes are as follows:

4.) "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled". The 4th mark is that the Christian has a different appetite from the world. Our hunger and our thirst is for righteousness. We long to see things set right in our lives, in our homes, in our relationships and in the church. We have a promise that we will be filled or saturated with that which we hunger and thirst for.

5.) "Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy". The 5th mark of Christian character is forgiveness. We have received forgiveness and our ability to maintain a right relationship with God hinges on our ability to forgive others. We have received mercy and we must show mercy to others.

6.) "Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God". The 6th mark is that we have singleness of mind. Please don't think that a pure heart is saying Christians don't have bad thoughts, that is not what's in veiw here. They have hearts that have been cleansed and the purity of heart is singleness of mind. To be pure is to be "one thing". Like Elijah challenging Israel with the question "How long will ye halt between two opinions? If Baal is God serve Baal. If Jehovah is God serve Jehovah." Like james said "A double minded man is unstable in all his ways". Jesus said "No man can serve two masters...". Like paul said in Phil. chapter 3 "...this one thing I do...". These are the ones that shall behold Him face to face, the ones that have boiled their lives down to one thing. Serving Jesus..

7.) "Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God". The last mark is that they have received peace with God and they become peace diffusers, spreading peace "...to them that are near, and to them that afar off...". They bring peace with them and distribute it to others. Not just abscence of conflict but peace with God. They get recognized by the world as being God's children because they look like him and act like him. Kind of like in the book of Acts when Peter and James are on trial and it says "When they (the Jews) saw the boldness with which Peter and james spake they recognized that they had been with Jesus".