Daily Archives: July 3, 2018
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 merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” (Matthew 5:7)
6 “Come, let us return to the Lord.
Love God First | Shiree King
Love for God was the #1 priority for the people of Israel. The whole law, including the offerings and sacrifices, was to serve as an expression of this love for the Lord. However, over time, the Israelites began to worship other gods while continuing the ritual of the sacrifices. They “obeyed the law”, yet they did not display love toward God, and they did not truly know Him.
I was a dorm leader at Kids Camp last week for the 2nd year. Last year I let my frustrations at the girls’ lack of obedience and respect toward me on the last day get the best of me, and I was hoping for different results this year. Unfortunately, history repeated itself, and I experienced the same lack of obedience and lack of respect from the girls on the last day of camp. I, in turn, again reacted out of my emotions and frustrations. I feel like a failure. As I consider this verse, I question whether my love for God was my primary motive at camp? Or, was I caught up in all of my responsibilities and my “role” to teach the girls to be responsible and my own personal desire to feel respected? Had I allowed my love for God to lead my emotions, I may have been able to show mercy toward the girls and use it as a teachable opportunity about God’s love and His mercy for us.
Dear God, Please forgive me for my behavior this week at camp and for allowing my feelings to get in the way of my love for You and for the girls You entrusted to me. I thank You for the mercy You extend toward me and Your forgiveness. Please grow Your love in me so that I am more able to extend mercy in the future. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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