The Beatitudes: 8 of 9

In 1765, Susannah Carter of Great Britain wrote a book about a poor little orphan girl named Margery Meanwell. Margery went through life with only one shoe but when a rich man gives her a complete pair of shoes, she is ecstatic. Later, Margery becomes a teacher and marries a rich widower.

Of course we all recognize the story with which I refer, “Goodie Two Shoes.” Margery got her nickname when she told everybody that, “Look, now I have two shoes.” This proved to all that being a virtuous and righteous person has its reward.

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [Matthew 5:10 KJV]

How many times have you personally been made fun of, insulted, maligned, or criticized for doing the right thing for righteousness sake and then persecuted for your idealism and righteousness? Well, Jesus just said that if someone attacked you in just such a fashion for His namesake, theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

He is saying that to live a righteous life is sacrosanct to our faith and belief(s). He is saying do the right thing and let the chips fall where they may and we will also receive two shoes for our closer walk with Him. Just like the song says.

Just a closer walk with thee
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea
Daily walking close to thee
Let it be dear Lord, let it be.

I love you Lord. You are the reason that I live. You are the reason, in fact, that I do live at all. But Lord,

When my feeble life is o’er
Time for me will be no more
Guide me gently, safely o’er
To Thy kingdom’s shore, to Thy shore.

God bless you my readers. Thank you for visiting me here on my little corner of the Web. See you next week for the conclusion of the Beatitudes. I pray that you have enjoyed these messages.

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