After speaking about the blessing of being poor in spirit, being broken over our own sin, the importance of meekness, the need to hunger and thirst for righteousness and the blessing that comes to those who know and give out mercy, in Matthew 5:8, Jesus then spoke of the blessing that belongs to those who are pure in heart. Pure has the idea of ‘washed clean’ but also single-mindedness. The heart that knows that the blood of Jesus washes away all sin, and that is fixed upon God, wanting nothing else beside him, is that heart that will know the reward of ‘seeing God’. This will be the reward of those who truly seek God through His Word and then at the end of all things when faith gives way to sight.
We are delighted to announce the approval of a new ministry called SMILE (Supporting Migrants In Learning English), a conversational English class for migrant women (and their children). SMILE will run from the Upper Room on a Monday morning commencing in Term 4. We are excited that this new ministry is in line with Session’s own Vision Statement; ‘developing ministries that will reach out to the city of Bendigo and the world.’ Your prayers for SMILE are encouraged!!
After speaking about the blessing of being poor in spirit, being broken over our own sin, the importance of meekness and the need to hunger and thirst for righteousness, in Matthew 5:7 Jesus then spoke about the blessing that belongs to those who are merciful. While this world is a place where we often note the absence of mercy, Jesus here reminds us that mercy is at the heart of so much that the Bible teaches us about God and also our responsibility towards others. God’s mercy to us in Christ means that his people are spared from the judgement we deserve. It also means that having been shown mercy, we are to show that mercy to others. To refuse God’s mercy and then to refuse to show mercy means that we will only be left with the fearful thought of facing his judgement.
After speaking about the blessing of being poor in spirit, being broken over our own sin, and the importance of meekness, in Matthew 5:6, Jesus went on to speak about the blessing of those who hunger and thirst. Jesus was not speaking of those cut off from food and drink, but those who earnestly desire the righteousness that God alone gives to those who seek Him. While the world offers so much that is ‘junk food for our hearts and lives’, Jesus alone offers real satisfaction that will fill the hearts and lives of those who seek him
After speaking about the blessing of being ‘poor in spirit’ and being broken over our own sin, Jesus then went on in Matthew 5:5 to speak about the blessing of being meek. Most people equate ‘meekness’ with ‘weakness’ merely because they rhyme, but this is in correct. To be meek is to be ‘bend-able’ and in the context in which Jesus used it, it refers to a person’s attitude to God and to life. The meek will be ready and willing to bend and submit to God’s will because they are humble and forgiven. Meekness does not come naturally, but it something known through our relationship to Jesus who was truly meek,