An excerpt from one of the greatest sermons of all times.
In the book of Matthew (the first book found in the New Testament) chapter 5 and starting at verse 1, it reads as follows:
‘When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him.’ (2) ‘He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying,’
(3) “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.” (4) “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. (5) “Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.”
(6) Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness , for they shall be satisfied.” (7) “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”
(8) “Blessed are the pure in heart, for shall see God.” (9) “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.”
(10) “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.“ (11) “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.”
(12) “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in Heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
Real life lessons taught by Jesus, Himself, as He answers the questions many people ask:
- What happens when I am treated badly for upholding moral standards in my life?
- How about when I try to be a peacemaker and people turn on me?
- What do I get for giving mercy to people who don’t deserve it?
Jesus starts His sermon by answers these age-old questions and more.
Being persecuted, for example, for upholding any moral standard is considered by Christ as being persecuted for righteousness sake.
Most people cannot handle the ridicule of the crowd.
But those who do (and are saved from their sins by Christ Jesus) will inherit the kingdom of Heaven. That is to say, there is a grand estate glistening in Heaven that has your name on it. Yes, for your ridicule and harsh persecution, there is prime real estate that would impress even the super rich, waiting for your arrival into the pearly gates.
Don’t miss it by giving-up on the truth and giving-in to peer pressure. If you have just confess your sin to God and ask for forgiveness, and start again. God will still reward you.
Remember, peer pressure is one of the Devil’s strongest weapons. He uses it on people of all ages, social classes, and educational backgrounds. Peer pressure is all around us therefore, we must be bold for Christ by remembering who we are.
On the other hand, if you are always trying to make peace (and you are saved) God, Himself, calls you a “son of God.” Remember: ‘In Christ their is neither male or female, but all are one.’ (Gal. 3:28)
Yes, this means, although God has an order of leadership on Earth, He considers both men and women as equals.
How about those who are in a position to show mercy or be very unmerciful to people, if they wish; like judges, kings, politicians, managers, principals, teachers, prison guards, and policemen, for example?
When you are in a position to give mercy whether you are a leader or just a person with the upper hand, you had better be careful. Why? According to Jesus, the amount and type of mercy you receive from God is affected by the mercy you give to other people.
Enough said, you get the point.
The main lesson we learn from Jesus’ teaching is that we really will reap a harvest of what we sow (or plant) by way of our actions. If I want mercy I must be merciful; if I want to have a great reward in Heaven I must accept a little hell, by way of persecution, on Earth.
Ask Jesus to come into your heart if you are not saved. He will empower you by the Holy Spirit to follow His teachings. These lessons mean nothing if you have not asked Jesus to forgive your sins; to cleanse you from all unrighteousness, to come into your heart by His Spirit and be Lord over your life. When you do He will simultaneously:
- Forgive your sins
- Cleanse you from your sins
- And enter your heart with joy that is unspeakable and full of glory (as you start to seek Him).
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