This summer, we are studying the Beatitudes that start-off Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:1-12. These ways that Jesus tells us we should act as Christians are counter-cultural, with blessings or rewards that will come in eternity, not here. We’ll be digging deeper into each of the 9 Beatitudes, looking at other verses in the Bible that describe each characteristic, Biblical characters that exude the Beatitudes, and the blessing that comes from it. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9)
Saved in Order to Do Good
Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good,
2 to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.
3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. 8 This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
9 But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. 10 Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them. 11 You may be sure that such people are warped and sinful; they are self-condemned.
Can It Be Done? | Marianne Toovey
We’re given clear instruction here. Don’t slander and avoid quarreling. Then we’re given reasons why we should behave this way – because God did it for us, so we should do it for others. And we’re shown what it looks like to follow through – gentleness, humility. Don’t even involve yourself in foolish discussions or arguments. For those especially difficult people, walk away before it turns into something bad.
I tend to get caught up in the heat of the moment. If something or someone upsets me, I react without even taking the time to think about it first. It may not always ruin my day, but it sticks with me for a while. Could the solution really be this simple? All I have to do is not get involved. Don’t waste my time. Being kind and gentle is better. Of course I did know this already, but I have yet to actually put it into practice. I guess it can’t hurt to try!
God, I don’t want to be the person who reacts out of anger without thinking. When tensions rise, remind me of this verse. Help me not to give into the anger. Instead, help me to show the same mercy You’ve shown me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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