MATTHEW 5:7_Blessed are the merciful…
What will you look like if you become merciful? Suppose someone has ridiculed and scorned you because you made a choice for moral purity. When that person falls into immorality there is depression, possibly despair. Will you come with mercy? Will you offer a kind word? Words of hope? Will you lay aside the pain done to you?
There is no bondage quite like immorality. Immorality afflicts the heart and soul. The damage can cause deep destruction. The damage inside the heart and soul spell b-e-t-r-a-y-a-l. This is more than betrayal to someone else’s heart but includes betrayal to your own heart. Most of all God’s purity plan has been betrayed. People in moral bondage need mercy. Immorality comes with guilt. Guilt causes that heart and soul destruction.
True mercy, like that of Jesus, brings with it freedom. To offer mercy without freedom is to place a Band-Aid on a deep wound which requires stitches. A Band-Aid will not stop you from bleeding to death.
Mercy involves giving lots of something we tend to hoard for ourselves – time.
Merciful Jesus, Help me be merciful and give my time. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ is true mercy—Mercy requires my time!
MATTHEW 5:1_And seeing the multitudes…
Jesus sees multitudes. That’s an awful lot of people! Bigger than a crowd!
Several instances in Jesus’ life have prepared Him for the multitudes. It is obvious He has been born. To know Jesus you must take a look at His birth. Talk about unconventional! Talk about amazing! Conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin?
To know Jesus you must also get to know the God of the Impossible.
Jesus’ birth was questioned, ridiculed, and scorned. He grew up with that – a part of daily life. Being honored and acknowledged as the Son of God was not a part of His daily life.
So, if you were not born in accordance with the status quo, don’t let it depress you – it is not something you caused or can change. Besides, you share very good company. Jesus is an overcomer. He can help you become one as well.
Throughout this year you will learn a lot about how God planned life and His views on things like marriage. God’s plan is perfect. It can save you unnecessary hurts in life.
There is power in living according to God’s plan.
Dear Heavenly Father, Help me to be sensitive to the pain of others and to be careful about decisions I make. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ loves me—Unconditionally!
MATTHEW 7:14_strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life…
If we had to be baggage-free to enter the strait gate, there would be no need to enter. After all, we’re already living free so what’s there to gain?
We all have baggage. Bags filled with broken pieces of our hearts, hopes, and dreams. Some baggage we choose of our own free will. Other baggage is inflicted upon us by the circumstances of life. They came with the life package—a life we live in a dark and sinful world every moment of every day.
The difference in the sizes of our baggage depends upon how we deal with them. The wide gate allows for a lot of baggage. That is why it is wide. The path is broad so we don’t have to drop off any bags. It is the designed path for those who have been subdued by the world—to accept its darkness as if there were no other choice. It is for those who don’t want to check their bags at the gate because the bags contain their pain relievers. Some may be for physical pain, but the majority are for pains of the soul. The spirits of darkness work to keep us depressed and discouraged. Life doesn’t have to be that way—there is hope!
Colossians 1:27 (KJV), “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
Lord Who Reigns, Only You can truly relieve the pains of my life. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ is the pain reliever—I will make Him mine!
MATTHEW 6:23_therefore if the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
Darkness can be dangerous. To the body. To the soul. To the spirit.
Darkness of soul causes deep depression, an absence of hope. Hope gives light.
Without hope there is an absence of security. Security overrides fear.
Without security there is an absence of power. Power defies weakness.
Without power there is an absence of peace. Peace prevails over despair.
Without peace there is an absence of confidence. Confidence resists doubt.
Without confidence there is an absence of love. Love conquers all!
Darkness of the spirit is to be void of Jesus.
Giants cannot be slain.
Mountains cannot be moved.
Waters cannot be parted.
If you allow your light to become darkness – it will be dark indeed!
Jesus Who Conquers, Praise You there is no darkness You cannot conquer. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ has already conquered darkness—I must believe!
MATTHEW 6:11_this day…
Psalm 118:24 (KJV), “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Each day is new. Stop and think about that. It is brand new. It is not yesterday. Neither is it tomorrow. It is today! Every day has new needs and every day your Father has an abundant supply. It is His joy to bless you each day.
Lamentations 3:22-23 (KJV), “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.23 They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.”
Here is another part of God’s daily giving. God’s mercy protects from being consumed – daily.
If you think to be consumed is to be eaten you are not entirely wrong. The things that hold you in bondage eat away at life. You can be consumed by lust, greed, envy, bitterness, unforgiveness, and depression.
These are not come-and-go bondages. They consume daily – eating away love, joy, and peace. Because God is faithful and full of compassion, His mercy saves from being consumed by bondage. Just like each day is new – so are God’s mercies of compassion and faithfulness.
Freedom can be a process. But compassion is not. Just don’t cave in to doubt. God delivers. It’s a part of who He is. This may be the day for you!!!
I can understand why Jesus teaches, Give us this day!
Merciful God, Praise You that Your compassion saves me daily. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ’s mercy is new every day—He gives it to me!