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)
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
It Is Well With My Soul | Marianne Toovey
Peace is a choice. If I choose to think about everything that’s good, God’s gifts, I will be filled with peace. If I put into practice all that I’ve learned about how to live, I will have peace. If I don’t do these things, I won’t have peace.
I recently heard the story about how Horatio G. Spafford came to write the lyrics to “It is Well with My Soul”. It’s a long story, and it’s heartbreaking. Essentially, he lost everything. He lost a son to sickness and a business to fire, and later lost his remaining children to the Atlantic Ocean. Only his wife remained, but she was on another continent at the time. As he sailed to her and passed where his children perished, he sat down and wrote the hymn. I gotta say, I’m really good about thinking on all that’s wonderful when things are going well. But not so much when things get rough. If I’m being honest with myself, there’s no way I’d be writing “it is well with my soul” under the same circumstances Mr. Spafford did. But there’s no peace in dwelling on the wrong things. It’s another ‘focus shift’. Make the effort to think on the good in all things, and I’ll have peace.
God, it isn’t always well with my soul. Sometimes thinking about the good gifts You’ve given is just too hard. But peace is a choice, and I have much to be thankful for. So in those stormy moments, remind me. Help me to see Your wonders when I can’t see them on my own. Fill me with Your peace that surpasses all human understanding. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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