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 pure in heart, for they will see God.” (Matthew 5:8)
Love the Lord Your God
These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, 2 so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. 3 Hear, Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, promised you.
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
Just God, Not Donuts | Marianne Toovey
Heart, soul, and strength. That’s all I have. That means all I do and all that I am, my very existence, needs to be ruled by my love for God. Nothing else will fit because nothing else matters.
I love all the things. My family, friends, donuts, wine, pretending to be a rock star in the car, the color green… All these things that I love help me form decisions and guide my actions. But God should have that role in my life. My relationship with Him needs to be above all else. Everything I do and all that I am should scream to those around me that I am a child of God. So it looks like I need to readjust my focus again to the One who gives me life, rather than to the people and things in it.
Oh Lord, just when I think I’m doing really well You remind me that I’m not done yet! I want this verse to be evident to all I encounter – that You are the guiding force behind my thoughts and actions. Remind me of what really matters and don’t let me let go. Help me to keep my focus on You and not on things of this earth. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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