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)
Instructions for Christian Living
17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.
20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Forgiveness Is Key | Shiree King
This year we have adopted Ephesians 4:32 as our family’s theme verse. Be Kind. Be Compassionate. Be Forgiving. To be a peacemaker, we cannot demand our rights. Forgiveness is key to living at peace with other people, especially our close relationships, like marriage, parent-children, extended family, and beyond. If we can’t forgive the selfish things people say or do against us, we will be miserable and bitter, and our relationships will suffer. If we can acknowledge that we’re all selfish and sinful and make poor choices and hurt other people, we can more easily forgive instances where others sin against us.
This morning I had the opportunity to put this verse into action! Today is my daughter’s first day of Arts Camp. She has been looking forward to this for several months, but it is also summer, so our bed times have been late. When I woke her up this morning, she didn’t want to get out of bed. She took forever in the shower, argued with me about her clothing choice, spoke in a whiny, disrespectful voice, and barely had time to eat her breakfast. And it made me angry and frustrated and regretful for signing her up for this camp in the first place. As I angrily made her breakfast and packed her lunch, my mind wandered to Ephesians 4:32. How could I be kind, compassionate, and forgiving to my daughter in the middle of feeling angry and disrespected? I tried to choose forgiveness, even though I didn’t “feel” like forgiving, but I didn’t feel very successful. Then I dropped her off and watched how she tentatively walked in and found a seat several seats away from a girl close to her age, and immediately my anger dissipated into compassion for her. She was nervous about today, and her main prayer for this week was that she’d make a friend. Once I felt how she felt, it was easier for me to forgive her for how she treated me earlier.
Dear God, Thank You for opening my eyes to compassion and forgiveness this morning. Please be near M this week and help her to make a friend to ease her nervousness. Please forgive me for my attitude as I forgive her for her attitude. Continue to teach me what it means to be kind, compassionate, and forgiving to live at peace with others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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