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)
Life by the Spirit
13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
Walk By the Spirit | Becky Newman
Some new words and phrases are popping out today as I read Galatians 5: “walk by the Spirit” (vs. 16), “led by the Spirit” (vs. 18), and “keep in step with the Spirit” (vs. 25). I’m usually focused on the fruit, but today I’m seeing how I get fruit. As Toby Mac says: “Keep walking. Soldier, keep moving on.” These verses focus on walking with the Spirit leading. When we do this, fruit of the Spirit grows, which includes that love and peace we need to be peacemakers. Walking with the Spirit also leads us from temptation and keeps us from sin.
What does walking by the Spirit, led by the Spirit, keeping in step with the Spirit look like? First, the Spirit is unseen, so asking what it looks like is the wrong question. But, the result of walking by the Spirit is fruit which is something I can see. Walking by the Spirit is something my spirit can do if I allow and make myself available through focus and meditation on following You, one step in front of another, traveling the holy highway through this world to the final destination of the Kingdom of Heaven–all things I can’t see but I can focus on as the bigger picture from God’s view as I go through my day. The more focused I am on following Your lead, the more fruit You can grow within me, evident through love and peace shown to others.
May I let You lead me on this walk and may the evidence of that leading be clear for all to see You.
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