Matthew Lesson 5 Day 4

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Matthew Lesson 5 Day 4

Matthew 5:9-12

12) Blessed are the Peacemakers:

Reconciliation; Death of hostility; Unity through a bond of peace; Because we are justified by faith, we have peace with God.

Not just peaceful, it means an active action.

We’ve been given peace with God, so we can be a witness of the peace that we have through our belief in Jesus Christ.

Opposite of peacemaker—divisive, causing dissension, disagreeable, easily offended, unforgiving, gossip.

Reward: They will be called the sons of God.

13a) Blessed are those Persecuted for the sake of righteousness.

Persecution—Threatened, slandered, share in Christ’s suffering, hated, reviled, harassed

When persecuted we should—

  • rejoice and be glad because we are counted worthy
  • not be surprised

Some places around the world suffer greater threats and persecution than where I live, although it is worse now than it’s ever been.

Opposite of persecuted for the sake of righteousness—of the world, ashamed of the gospel, forsakes first love, compromises beliefs, conformed to this world.

Rewards

Enduring persecution—great (strong and intense) is your reward in heaven. Matthew 5:11-12

Being insulted, hated, excluded—your reward is great in heaven. Luke 6:22–24

Disgraced for the sake of Christ—”considered to be of greater wealth than all the treasures of Egypt, for he looked forward and away to the reward (recompense).”  Hebrews 11:26 AMPC

The church grows rapidly under persecution and is not lukewarm. (Acts 8:1-4)

b) Persecution in my life

A person commented last week saying that what I’m doing here (posting my answers) is leading others into temptation, and I should stop. Since I believe Holy Spirit compels me to continue, I will continue until He says stop.

In the past when I suffered persecuted, I didn’t rejoice.

I suffered 23 years in a verbally abusive marriage. Before we married, he was on fire for God. He quickly lost his zeal and replaced it with the love and pursuit of money.

After several bouts with wavering, I determined to love the Lord with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. (Matthew 22:37)

Now that I’m past those intense years, I’m thankful for the deep relationship I have with my heavenly Father. As I drew near to Him for comfort and protection, He drew near to me.

I hope I’ve developed the ability to be an overcomer, steadfast and unwavering.

My main life verse is, “He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6b

14)  I hate conflict, so I’m always trying to avoid it.

Peacekeeper isn’t exactly the same as a peacemaker, is it? If two people, groups, or nations hate each other, keeping them away from each other only works temporarily. It doesn’t resolve anything.

I need the wisdom to know how and when to do more than run away and hide.

Jesus confronted and offended religious people often. It was the right thing for Him to do because He always did what He saw His Father doing.

Sometimes I need to be confrontational—to speak up.

I need Holy Spirit to counsel me, give me words seasoned with salt and the boldness to speak them in love.


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