Matthew 5:3-11 KJV
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for their's is the kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:
for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake:
for their's is the kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you,
and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
It has been said that "Your reputation is what people see,
and your character is what you are when no one is around."
This truly is the way things are, and Christians need always remember that,
"Your life may be the only Bible some people ever read."
Is it easy to live this way at all times? No, not at all. However, as
Christians we do have a responsibility to be obedient to God's laws and to
glorify Him in all that we say and do.
It truly is a struggle at times, but if we dedicate ourselves to focusing
on our Christian walk, depend on prayer, Bible reading, and the fellowship of
other Christians, we can, and will, have strength for the journey.
In reading the 5th chapter of Matthew, you will notice that, while the first
part of the chapter basically deals with one's character, most of the remaining
verses deal with God's rules for the way we should endeavor to live.
I believe this chapter is an excellent starting point for new Christians,
and should be reviewed periodically by all Christians as they continue in
their walk with the Lord. I hope that this scripture helps you to focus, or
re-focus on what is truly important.
May the Lord bless and keep you in His tender care.
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Created on ... August 07, 2010