Beatitudes In The Gospel Of Matthew 9

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Our lesson starts off with this statement that say’s if we know something about the Pastor delivering our Sunday sermon; we will enjoy the sermon that much more.
That sounded like a very logical statement.
Don’t we place more value on the statements of someone we know is truthful and sincere?
We will also place a greater value in what a person tells us if we see them living a life that sets a good example in their daily lives?
I remember Grace Perry a pastor’s wife making a statement about her husband, Pastor Mike Perry; she said Mike Perry was the same person at home that he was when he was here at church.
If you ask Verna if I am the same person at home as I am on Sunday; she would probably stutter and finally say something about me putting
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In the Gospel of Matthew eight blessings are recorded that we know as the “Beatitudes”.
Each of these Beatitudes is presented in a proverb-like manner; the Beatitudes are without a narrative.
Each of the Beatitudes is biblically themed.
When you read the Beatitudes are you aware that each of the Beatitudes contains a condition and a result.
Jesus was establishing with the Beatitudes new ideals that contain and showed His standards for mercy, compassion and spirituality.
It should come as no surprise to us that when we find out that the Latin word beatitude is a noun and when the word is translates from Latin we find out that the word beatitude means “Happiness.
Why would Jesus teach us these new standards of conduct?
Mark 6:34 34 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
Stop and listen to the words Jesus spoke to the assembled flock on that mountain side so long ago; then ask yourself this question” is my life better or will it be worse if I live by Jesus standards of
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Do you want to be treated kindly; then follow verse seven of the beatitudes?
Mercy is showing love toward those that are miserable, those that are wretched, and those that are in need of some type of help or assistance.
A Christian is required to be habitually merciful, and in all acts of mercy a Christian is to perform all of these acts of mercy in a thankful and cheerful manner.
How do you develop that pure heart that is required in verse eight?
The path to a pure heart begins with the realization that we have impure hearts. Only God can give us a pure heart.
Galatians 2:20 tells us, "It is no longer I that live, but it is Christ that is living in union with me".
Verse nine calls on us to be peacemakers; peacemakers realize that there is only one way that this world can have peace, and that is by trusting in Jesus Christ.
Verse ten, eleven and twelve contains words that we will dread to hear; persecution, evil being done to you, insults lodged against you.
All of these unfair actions are being done to you not because of any wrong or evil you have

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