Before I start with Matthew 5-8 I just want to say that after reading these over and over I feel that most of this post just has to be the raw scripture – because who says it better than Jesus? + I want to apologize before you start reading because this might be quite the lengthy post! hope you are well! 🙂
Sermon on the Mount
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 meek, 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 they shall see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Salt and Light
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.
Love Your Enemies
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
The Lord’s Prayer
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Things that I am learning
- Put all of your heart with where the Lord is, and let everything that means anything be with Him. Only there will your heart and treasures be secure. Because God does not fail! – Matthew 6:61
- Have the right heart when doing good things for people/needy. The Lord will see your works in secret and reward you.
- Do not be anxious. Being anxious will not add more time to your life or benefit you in anyway. Instead seek first God, and everything else in life will fall into place.
- Ask for the Lord to move and come into you life, and He will. – Trust in this.
- Good works is nothing. Have a relationship with God, and continuously seek Him out.
- Let the Lord be the foundation of your life.
Jesus heals many including a leper, a centurion, Peter’s mother-in-law, and then goes on to cast out demons from the oppressed. All of this is fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah: “He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.”
What shocks me about Matthew 8:34 is that after Jesus goes through the country of Gadarenes and heals the two mad men. The people react in a totally unexpected way. Instead being thankful and immediately serving Him, they run Him off and ask Him to leave. Oh my frustration, if only they knew!
I’ll leave you with this last golden gem, and words of wisdom: Jesus can calm your storm. have faith.