Daily Archives: July 4, 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)
The Calling of Matthew
9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.
10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
No Judging, Just Loving | Marianne Toovey
Jesus is tearing down the walls of division right and left. Earlier in this chapter, Jesus heals a lame man and forgives his sins in front of everyone. And this upset the religious leaders! Now he’s having a social dinner – which was a religious matter at the time – with someone considered “unclean” in front of everyone. Again, they were upset! The leaders didn’t believe these sinners deserved Jesus’ attention. But Jesus is showing everyone how important we all are to him and wants us to treat others in the same way. We’re all equal in his eyes, and we all fall short. Not just the ones we deem bad. Everyone. Yet he loves us and died for all of us.
It’s really easy to get caught up in the game of good vs. bad. And it’s easy to classify sins as big or little. I’d be lying if I said there weren’t people out there I’d rather not get to know too well. But I’m not better than they are. We’re all equals. We have the same Creator. We have all been bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus. And He wants us all in heaven with Him. So it doesn’t matter how unsavory I think a person may be, that person is a child of God, and God loves that person. Instead, I need to follow the example Jesus set and love on these people. Share the Good News of salvation so we can all be set free from the bonds of our sin.
Father, help me to put aside my preconceived notions. I want to see people the way You see them. Give me the courage to follow Your example to love, not judge. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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