Thursday, January 3, 2008

Read Less and Remember More

One of the lessons I have learned from Don Whitney in Simplify Your Spiritual Life is to read less and remember more. I want my life to be changed when I read God's Word. And sometimes (like this morning), I need to slow down my pace of reading and meditate on what I have read. My reading this morning was in Matthew 5:1-12 (ESV/SKV).

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for the shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek/gentle/humble/considerate, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you [falsely] on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you."

Even after only a few moments of meditating on those verses, I already feel more "blessed".

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