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Here’s a Trinitarian paraphrase of Matthew 5:3-16

(3) The Triune Life has been freely given to all.  If you are spiritually impoverished, shout ‘WOOHOO!’ for this gift does not depend on your religious skills.

(4) If you are sad, shout ‘WOOHOO!’ for you will be comforted.

(5) If you are unassertive, shout ‘WOOHOO!’ for your inheritance does not depend on your ability to assert your right to it.

(6) If you are starved for the world to be put right, shout ‘WOOHOO!’ because you will get what you want.

(7) If you are kind to people who don’t deserve it, shout ‘WOOHOO!’ because the Trinity is like that too.

(8) If you long for an undistorted vision of Papa, shout ‘WOOHOO!’ because you will receive the desire of your heart.

(9) If you constantly find yourself in between warring parties, shout ‘WOOHOO!’ because you are behaving just like your Papa.

(10) If your fight for social justice gets you in trouble, shout ‘WOOHOO!’ because you are already experiencing the Triune Life that has been given to you.

(11) If people spread lies about you and insult you because of me, shout ‘WOOHOO!’ (12) because you are experiencing the life of Jesus in the world; you are in good company.

(13) Like a pinch of salt in a big pot of soup, you ‘little people’ have a much greater effect on the world than you’d think.  The trick is to stay spicy; it’s hard to be different from everybody else, but that’s the whole point.  The world already has plenty of landscaping pebbles; what it needs now is salt, really SALTY salt.

(14) Through you, light is coming into the world.  Like a city on a hill, you will be seen—just by you being you.  (15) And nobody puts a candle under a bowl; they put it on a  stand, where its light can bless everyone. (16) So don’t hide who you are. When people see the love inside you, they will see Papa and love Him.

~ John Stonecypher

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