“#Blessed: Matthew 5:9”

#Blessed: The Other Good Life
 
The Good Life is distilled, not unfiltered.
The Good Life is infectious, not enforced.
The Good Life is caught, not taught. 
 
-It takes my life – I can’t give what I don’t have.
-It takes my presence – I can’t share if I’m not near It takes my compassion – They won’t care if I don’t care.
-It takes my explanation – They won’t know if I don’t tell them.
 
How infectious is your faith in Christ?
 
Further Conversation
1. What would be some ideal character traits for a father? Why?
2. Read Matthew 5:9. What does “work for peace” mean? What is the difference between a peace-maker & peace-keeper?
3. The Good Life is caught, not taught. What is the difference between Christ being caught & taught? How is Christ “caught”?
4. Read 2 Corinthians 5:11, 14-21. From this passage, what is our responsibility at Jesus follower? How do we do that?
5. Read Galatians 2:20. How do we “die to our old life”? How do I live for Christ? Following Jesus is “all or nothing.” How so?
6. Read Luke 10:30-37. Why does compassion critical to sharing Christ? When has compassion for you made you open to others?
7. Read Romans 10:14-15. How do you explain your faith in Christ?
8. The Good Life is infectious, not enforced. How infectious is your faith in Christ? Why? What can you begin to do differently to have a more profound influence for Christ on those around you?
 
Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Philippians 2:12-18
Have you ever received a gift you didn’t want? We hide those gifts in the back of the closet or repackage them to regift to others. Gifts we want and love get used and celebrated. Salvation is a gift that must be used. Paul reminds us to workout our salvation. We must do the hard work of using this gift from Jesus. As we do the work of obedience and service, Jesus’ gift to us permeates every part of who we are. Are you using your gift of salvation, working it out in your life?
Pray: LORD Jesus, thank you for the gift of salvation. May I work it out through all I say and do.
 
Tuesday – Matthew 5:33-48
“Be perfect!” Okay, that seems impossible. Yet through the power of the Holy Spirit, this is the standard we are to aim for and can reach. Jesus reminds us that what he is we too can be. How? It happens as we act in humility, obedience, integrity, and generosity. Let your yes be yes. Trust in God’s justice. Love your enemies. This is what it means to follow Jesus. Are you doing the hard work to be the best…like Jesus?
Pray: Holy Spirit, you give me power to be all that Jesus is. May I trust and live in your power today.
 
Wednesday – Isaiah 30:12-17
We will make mistakes. It is part of being human. We will stumble and fall. Sometimes pride and selfishness will get the best of us. How will we respond? This is our biggest challenge. Will we double down in pride and self-righteousness? Or will we admit our failure and return to Jesus? The Israelites refused to humble themselves and trust in God. In the end, this was their downfall. They refused to repent and change. Can we learn from their experience? Will we do better? What about you?
Pray: Almighty God, I am so foolish in my pride to refuse to humble myself and repent. May I turn from my sin and self-righteousness and instead repent and return to a faithful trust in your power.
 
Thursday – Jeremiah 31:15-22
We often continue to hide our sin and failure because we fear the consequences. There are consequences to sin, yet God is eager and quick to forgive. God desires to hold your close and bring restoration to our lives. We trust God as we turn in open repentance, exposing our failure to God’s light of love. Do you trust in God’s grace?
Pray: Holy and Loving Father, may I trust in your grace and open myself to your light.
 
Friday – Philippians 3:12-16
Seeking to become like Jesus does take considerable effort, focus, and training. All of it is empowered by the gift of the Holy Spirit. Yet we must still work. We must commit ourselves to the transformation, being more and more like Jesus. It takes denying ourselves what we want so that we can do what Jesus wants. Paul compares it too training for a race. Runners seeking to win put in the hard work of discipline. They change their diet, their schedules, their focus all to win a medal. Paul says that we do the same…but for the crown of Christ. How is your training going? Are you putting in the hard work? Do others see your effort? Would Jesus say that you are trying? What could you do today?
Pray: LORD Jesus, my goal is to be like you. May I put in the hard work of faith and obedience, trusting that you will give me the power necessary to win the race of faith.
 
Saturday -Hebrews 12:1-3
In any race, one of the best ways to go faster and farther is to shed pounds. Whether it is striping a race car of all unnecessary components or trimming down and wearing light gear when running, shedding weight increases speed. What trips you up or holds you back in your race to be like Jesus? Is there sin or addictions that entangle you? Wrong attitudes that slow you? Rid yourself of these and run to win. o get to attend the party with Jesus. Where do you want to be?
Pray: LORD of Heaven and Earth, thank you for your love and work in my life this week. Please help me trust and obey you, living for you, knowing that running hard to be like Jesus is what you desire.