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)
2 Corinthians 13:11
11 Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.
12 Greet one another with a holy kiss. 13 All God’s people here send their greetings.
14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
A Wonderful Gift | Marianne Toovey
2 Corinthians 13:11
Paul closes out his letter to the Corinthians with a blessing. He encourages them to live harmoniously with one another, work on restoration, and find joy. When they do this, “the God of love and peace” will be with them. This joy to which Paul refers is not dependent upon external circumstances. Instead, it’s our response to the Good News – the peace and satisfaction of knowing one day we’ll be in heaven with our Father. No matter how bad things may seem to get, there’s always this one perfect thing to hold onto. And when believers cling to this truth, they will find joy and peace. It becomes easier to live harmoniously. And the God of peace and love will be with them.
I have to be honest with myself here. Outside of this quiet time I spend with God each morning, I rarely actually spend any time or energy thinking on what my gift of salvation means. Even when things are going well, I don’t stop to think about what it means to be a child of God. But it’s actually so amazing! It’s a gift I’ll never deserve and can never repay, but it’s mine with no strings attached! I get to spend eternity in the physical presence of God in a world where nothing bad exists. What a wonderful future to look forward to, and I’ve wasted all this time not looking forward to it! But if I can keep this precious gift on my mind, no circumstance I encounter will be able to defeat me. I’ll truly have an unending joy that will influence my attitude and actions, and I’ll be able to live out the message Paul left with the Corinthians as he closed this letter.
First, thank You! Thank You, thank You, thank You for saving me from the eternity I deserve. While I may never fully comprehend exactly what You did for me, I promise to try harder to truly appreciate it. When things start going south, help me to remember this promise and Your gift. Give me Your peace that surpasses understanding so that I can go through this life living according to Your Word and example. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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