Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
The New Testament is filled with opposites. Jesus taught using parables that the people could relate to. And, by using opposites, He did just that. When you read the above or the many other “opposites” in the Scriptures, you come to understand that the principles that Jesus was preaching about can be as easy as just doing the opposite
There is an old saying that opposites attract. It’s true in science and in life. Just think about it. God is above all else and we are far below. He is merciful and we need mercy. He is compassionate and we need His compassion. He is perfect and we certainly are not.
God uses the examples of opposites to draw us closer to Him. And He expects us to make the hard choices in life and at times, do the opposite. And at times, it can be so difficult. But nothing is impossible with God!
For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink;I was a stranger, and you invited Me in;naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’
By not abandoning others and doing what is right, you will be rewarded. Human nature will tell you that at times like these, your first instinct is to run the other way and not get involved. Next time you have the chance, do the opposite.
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