“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” – Matthew 5:7 “God is Himself the source of all mercy. His name is ‘merciful and gracious.’ Exodus 34:6. He does not treat us according to our desert. He does not ask if we are worthy of His love, but He pours upon us the riches of His…

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” – Matthew 5:6 “Righteousness is holiness, likeness to God, and ‘God is love.’ 1 John 4:16. It is conformity to the law of God, for ‘all Thy commandments are righteousness’ (Psalm 119:172), and ‘love is the fulfilling of the law’ (Romans 13:10). Righteousness…

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” – Matthew 5:4 “The mourning here brought to view is true heart sorrow for sin . . . And as one is drawn to behold Jesus uplifted on the cross, he discerns the sinfulness of humanity. He sees that it is sin which scourged and crucified the…

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:3 “Those who know that they cannot possibly save themselves, or of themselves do any righteous action, are the ones who appreciate the help that Christ can bestow. They are the poor in spirit, whom He declares to be blessed. Whom Christ…

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.” – Psalm 139:23-24 Years ago, early in my ministry, I was invited to conduct a Week of Spiritual Emphasis at a Christian elementary school. As the week…

“For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them … I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.”  – 1 Corinthians 9:19, 22b “Every true disciple is born into the kingdom of God as a missionary.” – Desire of…

“Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.”  – Acts 4:32  “The converts to the gospel were ‘of one heart and of one soul.’ One common interest…

“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord … Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her … Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right … Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction…

“A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” – Proverbs 18:24 “Jonathan, by birth heir to the throne, yet knowing himself set aside by the divine decree; to his rival the most tender and faithful of friends, shielding David’s life at the peril of…

“Aaron spoke all the words that the Lord had spoken to Moses and did the signs in the sight of the people. And the people believed; and when they heard that the Lord had visited the people of Israel and that he had seen their affliction, they bowed their heads and worshiped.” – Exodus 4:30-31 “You…

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