The beatitudes teach us basic life skills about how we should act towards one another, encouraging us to treat others with respect, compassion, generosity and justice. If we succeed and live the way Jesus showed us to, which is by showing the values of the beatitudes, we will be rewarded in heaven and will live for eternity with God. The statement, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” basically means standing up for what you believe in, what you know is right and facing the consequences with the choices you decide to take forward. It is about fighting for what is good and what is going to make this world better. If we are able to do this, God will take note of our faithfulness by rewarding us with eternal life with him in heaven.
A leader must be obedient in order to grow and know God’s will. He shows evidence of his relationship, faith and love for God by doing God’s will. When a leader loves God, his actions show where his heart is. He then, understands God’s love for his people and the significance of God giving his only begotten son to suffer and die on the cross and he want to obey God– because of his love. God wants the leader to be obedient because he knows what is best for him.
Wisdom and honesty are character traits that we would do well to demand in our leaders. We should also strive to acquire these attributes for ourselves. However, more is required from a leader who expects to cause generations of lasting loyalty, sometimes loyalty at the expense of life itself. I believe this something more is love. Greater love has no man than that he would lay down his life for his
And in His benevolent service we will stay (page 169).” Furthermore, Nathan despises the Congolese people. He loathes the sinful behavior, as seen when he says “They are living in the darkness. Broken in body and soul, and don’t even see how they could be healed (page 53).” Nathan is actually selfish. Although he claims he is working for the good of everyone, he is really urging the Congolese toward Christianity so he can profit, so he might gain a greater appreciation from God. Finally, Nathan seems to hate his family.
Francis is a great model for modesty. He never fully believed in himself, Francis always relied on God to show him right from wrong and how to correctly lead his followers. He tried to live by the words of Mother Teresa, “One perfect soul can do more for God’s glory than a thousand ordinary souls.” Another example where Francis showed modesty is when he was recruited to become Father Guardian at a monastery in Trujillo. Though he refused, constantly saying someone else would be much better at leading the monastery, but Francis felt that God was telling him to go. So he followed God’s Word and became the Father Guardian.
The intentions of the mission is for the Fathers is to endure anything for the sake of God and Jesus and to be accepted by the Savages. The Fathers and Brethren intend on exercising careful measures in how they will take on the Savages. This will allow them to complete the purpose that is to be done for the sake of God. Brébeuf suggests that, " You will thus have to put good use the hardships on the way, and have already advanced considerably in gaining the affection of the Savages. " He advises the Missionary's' to be patient and careful with their behaviour.
The question in my mind is would they trust in Him when they could not physically be in His presence as they crossed the turbulent waters or would they evidence a lack of faith and be consumed by fear? Believers are faced with the same choice. Just like the disciples, the Lord allows tests of faith not to hurt, but to build faith in the heart of the Believer. He allows or does this to show that Believers must depend on Him for everything. Believers must place their faith in Him for all their needs and see the utter insufficiency of their will power, that there is no victory to be had in their works or good deeds, but only through simple Faith in the Cross.
Proverbs 11:14 (King James Version) says, “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” This scripture indicates that Godly counsel and wisdom help to provide safety in the decisions and choices we make. There are numerous passages in the Bible that reiterate to us to heed the counsel of the Elders. In listening to the counsel of the Elders, our thinking is opened and broadened to consider other possibilities as well as possible challenges. I strongly believe the Lord speaks to us through other people, hence the disciples sent out two by two so they could converse with each other (Mark 6:7, King James Version, 2000). Horton (2009) lists
God also created relationships in my life to help me through the tough times because my life matters to him. First of all, I know that God created me like himself so I could reason and feel love so only his opinion of me matters. I learned this in the Core 100 lectures with the different speakers, and also in some of the connecting like Jesus discussions. I know that I will find someone who doing a better at something than me, and I may become discouraged. Paul said it is foolish to compare ourselves with others.
They knew by acting this way, they would never face any consequences and would be treated like they had done nothing wrong. Both Zachary and the son from the “Gospel of Luke” were very greedy people. They both thought that everyone should do things for them but they did not want to give them anything in return. Zachary always partied and could not hold down a job while the son from the “Gospel of Luke” demanded that his father should give him his inheritance. Both boys were loved by their families so much that it did not matter what they did or how they behaved.