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July 16 – Beatitudes Study Day 44

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)

Romans 12:18

Love in Action

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.
18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
    if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

SOAP Note

Peace Should Be My Goal | Becky Newman

Scripture

Romans 12:18

Observation

Today’s reading starts at love because it is the basis of the laundry list of Christian to-do’s after that. Living at peace with others is part of that list of how we’re supposed to act to show others the love of Jesus through the command to love others. We receive peace from God when we come before Him in repentance for our sins, ask for forgiveness, and are reconciled. This is the type of peace He wants us to give to others. In our relationships with others, there are always two sides; that’s where the “as far as it depends on you” part of this verse comes in. Even if the other remains unwilling to forgive, I’m still supposed to forgive and offer peace. My Bible notes summarize this passage as: “A genuine relationship with Christ will be evident in personal relationships with others.”

Application

In the context of the 7th Beatitude — Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God — as God’s child, I should seek to be more like my loving and perfect Father who gives me peace. You want me to offer this same peace to others, to be a peacemaker. In this world, everyone seems to want conflict and their own way, but You call me to go against the current along Your way of peace.

Prayer

Lord, may I seek to live at peace with others and extend that peace wherever You show me, but also give me wisdom in conflict, that peace would be my goal.

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