There were so many delicious gospel nuggets in class this week. The two that left me the most flavor blasted were the breakdown of the beatitudes and the quote from C.S. Lewis' "Mere Christianity."
We all know the beatitudes. Blessed are the ____, for they shall ____. Brother Griffin's interpretation goes so much farther than the pretty poetry of the original text. He says that what Christ was teaching us here is step-by-step guide for repenting (or improving any part of our lives, for that matter). Take the first beatitude, for example. "Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." When we realize that we are poor in spirit, or in other words lacking something, it is only then when we can make the necessary changes to become better.
I love this view of the beatitudes so much. It strengthens my testimony of the Doctrine of Christ knowing that even from His first public sermons, He was teaching about repentance. And when you break it down, repentance is just a fancy word for change.