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Matthew 5:7-8

The Right Conduct

Life B-P Church Worship I & II, 23rd July 2017

Text: Matthew 5:7,8

 

1. The Delightful Rewards of Being Merciful

 “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.”

 

a. The Pleasure of Helping Others

·         Mercy: Showing compassion on those who are in need or in distress.

·         This involves three things:

o    The perception of a need – We must really see it.

o    A compassion for those in need – We must really feel it.

o    A reaction to meet the need – We must do something about it.

·         Example: The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:33)

·         Are you helping to meet the needs of people? (cf. Matthew 9:35-38)

 

b. The Assurance of Help Received from God

·         This does not mean that we can earn more mercy from God.

·         It means having a greater assurance of salvation and of continuing to benefit from His mercy (cf. Psalm 23:6).

 

2. The Divine Fellowship Enjoyed by Being Holy

“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”

 

a. The Heart Is the Source

·         A new heart is needed in order to be holy (cf. Matthew 15:18,19; Jeremiah 17:9).

·         Salvation gives us a new heart (cf. Ezekiel 36:26; 2 Corinthians 5:17).

 

b. Holy Living is the Outcome

·         God wants us to be holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:16).

·         He had planned this for us from the beginning (Ephesians 1:4).

·         Being holy restores His image to us (cf. Ephesians 4:24).

·         It is a lifelong process called sanctification, requiring our use of:

o    The Holy Bible (cf. John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16,17)

o    The Holy Spirit (cf. 2 Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 5:16,22-25)

 

c. The Hope of Seeing God is the Motivation

·         We shall have the joy of seeing Him face to face! (cf. Psalm 17:15)

·         This should motivate us to pursue holiness (cf. 1 John 3:2,3)

 

Questions for Personal Reflection:

1.   How can you identify the needs of others and help to meet them?

2.   Are there people in your life who have not yet experienced God’s mercy?
What can you do to help them experience it?

3.   What plans can you make to read and study the Bible more regularly?

4.   What sins are you still struggling with? How can you overcome them?

 

5.   How much do you desire to see God?

Vision & Mission

 

To build a united church family that is committed to making disciples through Salvation, Sanctification and Service, to the glory of God.

Verse for the Week

December 3 & 10 - Holy Living

Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 2 Peter 3:11