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 meek, for they will inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)
Imitating Christ’s Humility
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
The Golden Rule | Marianne Toovey
Paul is encouraging us to live more like Christ did. In doing so, we’ll find comfort, encouragement, fellowship, and compassion. All the things we seek in our earthly relationships will be given to us by God Himself if we set aside our own selfish desires to care for others.
If I’m putting others first, treating them with kindness and love without worrying about my own agenda, I will receive that very same treatment. I may not experience it here on earth (because no matter how hard I try, not everyone will be nice to me in return), but God will return the care and comfort to me, even if no one else does. And I can only imagine the relationships I do have with friends and family will only grow stronger and flourish if I continue to put their needs before my own. And when they do the same, the circle of selfless love for others will have a ripple effect!
God, it’s easy to love some people like You do, but show me the ones I need to improve on. Help me follow Your example by taking on a servant’s attitude and putting their needs before my own. Thank You for loving me too, even when I don’t make it easy! And bless the ripple effect of kindness and compassion all over the world! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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