In “A Portrait of the Christian Life,” Stephen Brucker writes, “The Beatitudes create a portrait of the Christian man and woman. They are to read like a mirror, gazing at the Spirit’s work in a Christian’s life. Starting with the heart, bowing to God in humble submission and sorrowful contrition leads to actions of mercy, peacemaking and righteousness. Christians are not perfect. However, Christians who are devastated by their sins can turn their affection toward God. The Beatitudes do not teach perfectionism, yet they do teach that a Christian should be content to worship the perfect God, who lived a perfect life, sacrificing his perfect nature, imputing his perfect righteousness, for imperfect humans, whose imperfections know no bounds. To live the beatitudes you will need to admit your sinfulness, and submit yourself to God’s control—then and only then will you live a blessed life.”
Living the Sermon on the Mount, 8-9.
1 John 1:9 (HCSB) “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
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