Essentially, Paul calls us to humility.
“14 Bless ye men that pursue you; bless ye, and do not ye curse;
15 for to joy with men that joy, for to weep with men that weep.
16 Feel ye the same thing together; not understanding high things, but consenting to meek things[Feeling the same thing together; not savouring, or knowing, high things, but consenting to meek things, following meek fathers]. Do not ye be prudent with yourselves;”
Of course, so does Jesus.
“3 Blessed be poor men in spirit, for the kingdom of heavens is theirs. [Blessed be the poor in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs.]
4 Blessed be mild men [Blessed mild], for they shall wield the earth.
5 Blessed be they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.
6 Blessed be they that hunger and thirst rightwiseness, for they shall be fulfilled [for they shall be filled].
7 Blessed be merciful men [Blessed the merciful], for they shall get mercy.
8 Blessed be they that be of clean heart, for they shall see God.
9 Blessed be peaceable men, for they shall be called God’s children. [Blessed the peaceable, for they shall be called the sons of God.]
10 Blessed be they that suffer persecution for rightwiseness, for the kingdom of heavens is theirs [for the kingdom of heaven is theirs].”
We are not called to arrogance, war, haughtiness of spirit, ambivalence, impurity, or ease. Rather, we are called to mildness, poverty of spirit, peace, purity, mourning, and persecution.
In one sense, the words of Paul are reminiscent of the saying: Put yourself in the other person’s shoes, walk a mile in them, and then think about your attitude. Then, you may bless them that pursue you; you may weep with those who weep, and be joyful with those who are joyful.
Love does not insist on its own way, but is kind and patient. Love has no envy, jealousy, arrogance. Love is never rude. Love is humble, giving, considerate.
Jesus says, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” (Matthew 5: 7) “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” (Matthew 5: 9)
James writes, “If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scriptures, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.” (James 2: 8 – 10)
We are accountable for all of the law for we each fail at one point or another. God is merciful. He forgives us our trespasses as we forgive others.
“So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” (James 2: 12 – 13)
“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three, but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13: 13)
Where your treasure is, there is your heart. What do you treasure? Money? Your husband? Your wife? Your children? Your garden? Your home? Your physical body? Your career? Your church?
Perhaps you treasure your relationship with God. Jesus strongly advises: “Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven” where nothing is able to destroy them.
And, how do you accomplish this?
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 6: 1)
Be a peacemaker. Be sorrowful now. Remain meek. Search for the good in everything. Forgive your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. Give and ask for nothing in return. Go two miles with someone who only asks you to go one mile. Do not let your right hand know what your left hand is doing. Do not test your Lord. Be happy when you are insulted for wearing the Name of Jesus on your heart.