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Mar 1984 - Editorial

A sense of personal involvement often strengthens people's motivation

towards a great ideal, whether religious, political or social. The Lord Jesus has set before us as His disciples the great hope of His coming again, and our motivation towards this is sharpened as we remember our personal involvement, and His. It is He Himself who has gone to prepare a place for us and He will personally return to receive us to Himself, that where He is we may be also (John 14:2, 3). "I go to prepare a place for you," He said to the apostles, a promise which comes preciously to each individual believer, giving a clear sense of personal inclusion and involvement. In this month's issue the message of the Lord's return for His Church emphasizes the "togetherness" of this vast event, including the reunion with those who have died in Christ, and the joy associated with it.

Further thoughts are presented to us from the Beatitudes. Thee rewards to be attained by the exercise of meekness, mercy and hungering and thirsting after righteousness are outlined. The nature of meekness is truly not understood today because it is not the "in thing." It was demonstrated so perfectly by the Lord during the days of His flesh. It is sobering to consider that future inheritance in the earth is bound up with the exercise of a meek and quiet spirit. Hungering and thirsting after righteousness is not merely a theoretical matter, but involves right doing. If applied nationally, "righteousness exalteth a nation:

but sin is a reproach to any people" (Proverbs 14:34). A practical example from the author's own experience illustrates the happiness of showing mercy.

But much of the teaching of the Beatitudes is far removed from what the world does. The majority go their own selfish way in disregard of the word of God, for there is a widespread failure to acknowledge that God is true. John the Baptizer linked himself with those who receive the witness of the Son, "He that hath received His witness hath set his seal to this, that God is true" (John 3:33). The seal represents agreement by the disciple to the fact that God is true.