Sermon on the Mount

 

Today, a moment to reflect on the Sermon on the Mount. The word “beatitudes” means the “supreme blessedness or happiness”.

When Jesus saw the crowds gathered to hear him, He went up the mountain where was so all could hear Him as He gave this sermon.

Read through this verse, as if it is the first time, even if you have read it before many times. What today speaks to you? Where today can you find the blessing?

Trust the Lord knows understands all of  your sorrows and hears all of your prayers.

And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. 
– Matthew 5:2-11

 

ref: The Free Dictionary

Eternal Love of the Lord

When things are busy or stressful, or life takes an unexpected direction, it can feel like God is far away  or has forgotten about us entirely. At exactly those moments, it is critical to stop and recognize the lie we are telling ourselves.

The love of the Lord is eternal and unchanging, everlasting and steadfast. The love of the Lord does not waver – ever. In Christ, we have been forgiven, we have peace with God, we are His adopted children – eternally. There is no end to His love and compassion. If we feel like God has forgotten us, simply remember the miracle of our salvation and our redemption through the blood of Christ. Today, take a moment today to reflect on how truly great this miracle is – a blessing and a gift without measure. Let this truth enfold you – and it will put everything this in life into proper perspective.

 

For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.- Isaiah 54:10 (ESV)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  – John 3:16 (ESV)

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  – Romans 8:38-39 (ESV)

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. – 1 Corinthians 13:7 (ESV)

We love because he first loved us. – 1 John 3:19