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Day #5 – Generosity of our Father in Heaven

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Matthew 5:1-12 (NIV)

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them.

He said:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Reflection

The Sermon on the Mount and the beatitudes are all about the generosity of our Father in Heaven. We see the character, the marks of God’s people being expressed with each “blessing.”  God’s love is abundant; His love knows no end. This is who we are as His people, His church being expressed to the fullest of His heart of generosity to all those around us, may we embody His generous love that has been poured out into our lives and may we extend our lives to those around us so that they too experience of God’s generous love.

Responding to the Word

Let’s reread and reflect on the beatitudes, prayerfully asking God to open our eyes and hearts to see and receive His generosity once again.  Let’s pray that we would receive His heart afresh and asking that we may be filled, so that we too can be generous to all of God’s people and to all those around us we are ministering to.  Let’s pray that it would overflow into their lives and may they experience God’s blessing and see His generosity of His abounding love and grace.

Day #4 – Widow’s Offering

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Day #3 – Five Small Barley Loaves and Two Small Fish

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Day #2 – The Calling of Generosity

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Day #1 – Model of a Life of Generosity

Monday, April 22nd, 2013