Sometimes when reading scripture for me, it just seems ordered as to how to be at peace serving the Lord. Today in Luke 6:20-26, Jesus shares the Beatitudes with His disciples with His Sermon on the Plain. He breaks up His Beatitudes with blessings and then woes. I thought it was interesting to put them side by side to reflect.
“Blessed are you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours. But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.”
“Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied. But woe to you who are filled now, for you will be hungry.”
“Blessed are you who are now weeping, for you will laugh. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will grieve and weep.”
“Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude and insult you, and denounce your name as evil on account of the Son of Man. Woe to you when all speak well of you, for their ancestors treated the false prophets in this way.”
Something to think about … poor vs. rich … hungry vs. satisfied … weeping vs. laughing … because of your love for Jesus, being hated, excluded and insulted vs. all speaking well of you. This keeps the theme alive, being a Christian and following Jesus is not easy.