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June 21, 2023

Being Blessed by God

Luke 6:21 Blessed are those who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are those who weep now, for you shall laugh. (22) Blessed are you when men hate you and when they separate you from them and reproach you and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man's sake. (23) Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.

Luke 6:21a speaks of spiritual hunger. First we realize that we are poor in spiritual things, and then we hunger after the things we lack in the spiritual realm. The Lord says that those who hunger now will be satisfied. When we hunger, we shall be filled. We shall be satisfied with the spiritual riches of Christ. In 6:21b the Lord Jesus says, "Blessed are those who weep now, for you shall laugh." This is the third characteristic of those who are blessed by God. In this verse to weep means to repent and to regret. To weep in this sense means that we are not happy about our spiritual situation and condition. Therefore, we regret and repent and desire to have a change in our spiritual condition. In verses 22 and 23, we see that it is a blessing to be hated and reproached for the sake of the Son of Man. We, however, like to be praised by others and to be valued, honored, and highly regarded by them. We need to realize that believers will be hated and evil spoken of by the world. The reason for this is that the entire world is following Satan, and we are following the Lord to go in the opposite way. Because our way is opposite to that of the world, the worldly people will hate us and speak evil about us.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Luke, pp. 120-121. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: comment@emanna.com.

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