Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Matthew 5:1-11. This is a part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. In this Scripture, we have what are called the Beatitudes. It tells us what it means to be righteous. Basically, this Scripture describes what a Christian should be like.
We are not to be proud people, but poor in spirit. We should be mournful or sorry for our sin, because only God can comfort us concerning our sin. We are to be meek, humble people. Do you hunger and thirst for righteousness? Matthew 5:6 says those who do will be filled.
If we want to receive mercy, we have to be merciful to others. We are to be pure in heart, and peacemakers, not trouble makers. Jesus talks about His people being persecuted for righteousness’ sake, and He says, theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Notice that for each trait Jesus talks about, He also gives what the reward will be. If you would like to go deeper into this study check out my book Beatitudes: How to Live a Blessed Life.
Daily Bible Reading:
1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Things to think about:
- Do these characteristics describe you?
- What does it mean to be poor in spirit?
- Are you merciful to others?
- Do you consider yourself to be pure in heart?
- Are you a peacemaker?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this lesson that You taught about what traits Christians should have. These are big shoes to fill and we can only fill them with Your help. Help us to seek after righteousness and learn from Your Word, that we might be what You would have us to be. We love You, LORD. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
– This is an excerpt from “The Book of Matthew: Life of Jesus Christ”
For a more in depth study of the Beatitudes check out my book: Beatitudes: How to Live a Blessed Life
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The Book of Matthew: Life of Jesus Christ
by Deborah H. Bateman
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The Book of Matthew: Life of Jesus Christ is a Daily Bible Reading Study by Deborah H. Bateman, which takes you through the life of Jesus Christ. The book of Matthew is the first book in the New Testament of the Bible. It begins with the genealogy of Jesus Christ and His birth.
The Book of Matthew also goes into Jesus’ ministry on earth, including the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus’ parables, and Jesus’ final days, including His death, burial, and resurrection. The book concludes with the great commission.
The Book of Matthew: Life of Jesus Christ includes fifty-seven daily devotionals which contain a brief commentary, the Daily Bible Reading Scripture, a few questions to think about, and a prayer of the day. It is a great book for individual daily devotions or a group Bible study.
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