Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. 
   John 14:27

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Dearly beloved in Christ,
Greetings to you all in the everlasting name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. - Matthew 5:3
The word "blessed" literally means "oh, how happy" and because that is the meaning, it seems paradoxical to say, "Oh how happy are the poor in spirit". Somehow, we don't think of the poor in spirit as being very happy people, and yet Jesus, when he begins his description of the child of God, declares, Oh how happy are the poor in spirit.
Jesus is not talking about physical poverty. What does poor in spirit mean? Poor in spirit is in opposition to being proud. This is the inevitable consequence of a man coming into a personal, genuine confrontation with God. If you have come into a true confirmation of God in your own life, the result is always an immediate poverty of spirit. If you see a person who is proud and haughty, that’s a person who has not had a true encounter with God. Pride often comes by comparing ourselves with others, seeing ourselves in the light of others.
Paul wrote to the Corinthians, "but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise." - 2 Corinthians 10:12. When we look at the Lord, that purity, that holiness, that righteousness, it’s impossible to do anything but say, “Oh, God help me. Woe is me, I'm undone.” It’s what Paul was referring to when he said in Romans 7:24, "Oh wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from this body of death?
That's always the beginning, the beginning consciousness of a man who has a true relationship with God. Jesus said, really happy is that man. Why? Because he has had a true encounter with God, and as the result, the kingdom of heaven belongs to him. He's no longer living in just this temporal material realm, but he is now transferred into the kingdom and as a child of God and as a citizen of the eternal kingdom.
Let’s have a true encounter with Jesus during these difficult times through our worship services and all other prayer meetings. Let this season be a blessing for us all.
May God bless us all.
Yours in His service,
Rev. Aji John


Immanuel Mar Thoma Church
Sector 2 Nerul, Navi Mumbai
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