Back in the early 1990's I spent two years studying The Sermon on the Mount. One could say I am a slow learner or that Jesus’ words take a lifetime to absorb. He communicates issues of the heart—the first being poverty of spirit.
Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3 NIV
Though I desire poverty of spirit, I seem to be infected by the poison of pride. The battle is intense, and the attack comes where I appear strong— "Look at all the good I do; I am not so bad". Poverty of spirit means I know and understand who God is and I recognize my utter dependence on Him and any good that I do is by the grace of God.
Poverty of spirit intertwined with a deep understanding of God's love for me and my value as His child is at times hard for me to grasp.
Will you join me in living in the reality of this profound mystery?