Proverbs 4:23 says, "Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life." The course of our life! How crazy is that!? So having a pure heart, a clean heart... that seems rather crucial. To know God, to have our hearts in tune with His, we must be pure and completely surrendered to His will. Let's explore what this means, and how we are to live.
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Have you ever heard of the expression, "Fight for peace?" It sounds oxymoronic, but peace doesn't mean "passive." It takes action to make peace, and people who can do this - who can remember what it takes to make peace in a non-peaceful situation - are blessed. This is an attribute, an attitude, highly praised by Christ.
Righteousness is something repeatedly talked about in the Bible, Old and New Testament. God wanted us to be made righteous in His eyes - His ultimate reason for sending us Christ. It makes sense for us to be blessed for striving after it - but how do we do this?
Is being "meek" a sign of weakness, or is there something more to it? What does this attitude look like lived out in today's world? Obviously Jesus thought it important enough to command us to do it - so let's take a closer look!
As we continue in our series out of Matthew chapter 5, we look at verse 4: "Blessed are those who mourn." What does this mean?
Did you ever notice how easily our well-being can be displaced? One little thing and were upset, discouraged or frustrated. If I asked you on that day, would you feel blessed?
Being blessed is a deeper and stronger basis for our well-being.
We are going to be discussing Jesus' teachings. Those teaching keep our lives rock solid, regardless of what happens. Jesus said, "Whoever listens and does what I say will be like a person who builds their house on a rock." It’s as if He is saying your well-being is based on something far more solid than any circumstances.