Session 10 – Beatitudes Overview

There were no notes given for this session in the study guide, but I will add some of what Vince spoke about from his video, the rest you can listen to yourself when watching the video.

The Beatitudes are the right attitudes of mind.

The Beatitudes are the right attitudes of mind.

The two great commandments are to love God, with all your heart, soul and strength and all your mind, and to love your neighbour as yourself.

The Beatitudes are the right attitudes of mind to have.  This is how we are supposed to think.  So what I wanted to do, before we got into the specifics of what Jesus teaches, about relationships with other people.  I wanted to review, all the Beatitudes as they relate to dealing with other people. But, before we do that I would like to go back to Psalm 18.

Psalm 18:1-3

“I love You, O LORD, my strength.” The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, And I am saved from my enemies.

Everything is to be all about God, and of course Christ. Christ is our Lord, Christ is the way and truth and the life to the Father.   I am not speaking with the exclusion of Christ, but the aim of it all, is to have this, loving relationship, with our God and our Lord.

Psalm 73:25-28

Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. For, behold, those who are far from You will perish; You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to You. But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, That I may tell of all Your works.

It’s such a valuable perspective.  That’s the way life is supposed to be, God is everything to us, then everything else, gets put in its right perspective.

Humility is the recognition and the belief, that we are not sufficient of our self.  But that our sufficiency is of God.  Much more than just conceding our limitations and weaknesses, it is the acknowledgement of God Almighty abilities and strengths, in our life.  It surrendering our ways, to His ways.  Humility that we read in the bible, is a total dependency and reliance upon God, and accepting, our need for Him and His ways.

If we have genuine humility with God, it will be evident with people to.  We do not think ourselves to be superior or inferior to others, because we know longer think about ourselves all the time.  Nor do we compare ourselves with others.

When the Beatitudes become our attitudes, we no longer will be in subjection to such unrighteousness, nor will we live by trying to control or manipulate others.  The tendency of humans is to control and manipulate others, which is the opposite of humility.  That’s an importance sentence we should not forget. We are always trying to control other people and that’s not humility.  That’s not allowing God to be God, and for people to be led by God.  We feel it would be better if we were in charge of the other person’s life.

When the Beatitudes become our attitudes, we no longer be in subjection to such unrighteousness, nor will we love by trying to control or manipulate others.  When Jesus is Lord, we enjoy freedom from the influences from the world.  When God is not our portion and when He is not enough, that’s when we start looking elsewhere for fulfilment.  This is when people get into very difficult categories, when God is not enough.  We start looking elsewhere, and so often the relationships we have with others is destroyed, because we try to control the other person.

The tendency to control others comes into play because we think, they need to act a certain way, for us to feel satisfied. We also become very vulnerable, disappointed and have hurt feelings. Relationships at their best are to be inner dependent, not co-dependent. Co-dependent is, I feel good about me, because you, feel good about me.  I feel bad about me, you feel bad about me.  If you are angry with me, and annoyed with me, and you are telling me I am no good, than I feel, annoyed and angry and no good.  And if you are telling me, you are really doing great, than I am really doing great. You are determined how I feel about me.  That’s a co-dependent person, and I need the other person, to feel better about myself.   And that’s an extremely dangerous place to be.  For if that is the case, then you are wanting to manipulate that other person.   You want them to do what you want them to do, so that you feel better about yourself.  If you love me, then I am okay.  And when you don’t love me, my whole world falls apart.  How many are that way.  Or if my kids are being good, then I feel like I am a good mother or I’m a good father.   And if they are being bad or if my boyfriend loves me and treats me good, then I feel good about life.   And if he treats me bad, I feel bad about life.  So now I am at the whim and the fancy of every other person, other than myself.  That’s a co-dependent person.

With the best kind of relationship that we can have with everybody in our lives, is inner dependent.