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Day 5: The Good Life

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Matthew 5:9-10 (TNIV)

9 “Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.“

Jesus continues to tell us about the new, beautiful life we have in Him, a life that is right side up.  He says here that peacemakers and those persecuted for doing right have a blessed life.  But if you’ve ever been in a disagreement or had to make a hard decision, making peace and doing the right thing are not always easy.  The following passage helps us to understand how we are to live this way:

1 Peter 3:8-17 (NLT)

8 “Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters.  Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. 9 Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it. 10 For the Scriptures say,

“If you want to enjoy life
and see many happy days,
keep your tongue from speaking evil
and your lips from telling lies.
11 Turn away from evil and do good.
Search for peace, and work to maintain it.
12 The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right,
and his ears are open to their prayers.
But the Lord turns his face
against those who do evil.”

13 Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats. 15 Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. 16 But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ. 17 Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong!”

Peace is more than just the absence of conflict.  Real peacemakers work to live out and bring the good news of the Beatitudes wherever they go.  Doing the right thing is also more than just behavior.  God sees everything, especially the heart, and will reward all those who are persecuted for doing what is right and good.

Responding to the Transmitted Message: Spend time praying through 1 Peter 3:8-17.  Pray this for yourself and your community.  Pray for lives that truly bring peace and that are eager to do good.  Through the power of Jesus Christ, we can be this together. And as we are this, may we know and may others see what a good life we have because we belong to Christ.  May we worship Him as Lord of our lives.

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