Matthew 5:1-12, NIV: And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are…”

“For they shall…” I had never truly considered the weight of those words until recently. They are repeated several times in the Beatitudes, following the Blessed Rs. For example: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” It doesn’t say the peacemakers “might” be called the sons of God—it says, they “shall” be called the sons of God. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” It does not say that they might, but that they shall be filled. Those words carry the weight of a promise, and not just any promise, but a promise from the Lord Jesus. It is the promise that as you seek to follow Christ, that you shall reap what you sow. Are you meek, merciful, pure in heart, or a peacemaker? Then you shall inherit the earth, obtain mercy, see God, and be called the sons of God. As with the other Beatitudes, as you seek these qualities of Christ, it is not a question of will you, but a matter of fact that you will see the qualities of Christ develop in you.