Daily Archives: July 5, 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 Lord’s Case Against Israel
Listen to what the Lord says:
“Stand up, plead my case before the mountains;
What Do You Want From Me? | Becky Newman
The message in Micah 6 is similar to that in the readings the last couple of days — God desires mercy from us, not sacrifice. The type of mercy He desires should not be like a light switch we can turn on and off. Rather, it should be embedded in our soul, part of our divine transformation as we make ourselves available to God as a living sacrifice. God answers our question of “what do You want from me?” here in Micah 6:8. The answer is: to be just, merciful, and humble under God.
As I wrote the last two words “under God”, You put our country’s Pledge of Allegiance on my heart, very appropriate as we celebrate the birth of our nation this week. Our pledge has “justice for all” in it and “one nation under God”, but it’s missing the mercy of what God requires of us. Maybe it’s because justice and mercy don’t seem to mesh well. Justice is getting what’s deserved while mercy is the act of not giving someone what they deserve. In my own power, these things are impossible, but with You at work within me, I can do all that You require.
As I make myself available under You, transform me, Lord, so these things You require are woven into the fabric of my soul, that You would be pleased and glorified. God, bless the USA and help us as a country, government and citizens, to get better at loving mercy.
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