Flavorful or Bland, Shining Out or Hiding Out

An Extroverted Quaker

In the Sermon on the Mount we get a window into what Jesus feels are the basic attitudes and actions we need to engage in to follow his call on us. Jesus sat down to teach his disciples and began the process of turning their understanding of God’s priority structures and signs of heavenly favor upside down. He said that the people who really are blessed, who really have God’s favor are the ones that recognize their own brokenness, humbly approach God, hunger for God’s way of being and doing what is right, and extend mercy and peace to others. Jesus told the disciples that the results of this changed priority system will lead to opposition and even persecution, but they can rejoice in the fact that they are in God’s will regardless of the external circumstances. Jesus then goes on to explain that living out these good attitudes has…

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