What’s for lunch today? What are you really hungry for . . . spiritually? In Matthew 5:6, we discover that God blesses us when we hunger and thirst for righteousness. How are you pursuing the right living this week? How are you pursuing a deeper personal relationship with Jesus? How are you creating space to show compassionate grace and mercy to others? Invite a co-worker or neighbor to join you for lunch and listen to their stories as you seek out ways to bless them and help meet their needs. Take time out today to pray for that person and continue to encourage and bless them this week.
Has anyone ever wronged you or treated you unjustly? Have you been tempted to retaliate with anger, vengeance, or a shame-filled bitter response? Next time you find yourself in that position, take a quick pause, and flip to Matthew 5:7. In this verse, Jesus points us to a new mentality towards mercy. He is asking us not to let the wrong that was done to you define you. Jesus is saying that forgiveness is the way forward. As you pray today, think of those people and moments you’ve experienced. Offer up a prayer of forgiveness and trust God to help you move onto a path of healing and righteousness.
Have you ever found yourself asking God to show up in your life? We all want to see God, and in Matthew 5:8, Jesus gives us the secret to seeing God. If we want to see God in the outside world, we have to get our heart right. We need to pray and ask God to help us pursue Him with a pure heart. Not a perfect heart, but a pure heart that wants to clear the clutter of our self-deception or lies from the enemy. As you go about your day, carve out some time to find a place to pray with no distractions. Seek the Lord and ask Him to reveal your blind spots and transform your heart to reflect more of His truth.
What comes to mind when you hear the word PEACE? What do you think it means to ‘work for peace,’ as it’s written in Matthew 5:9? Amazingly enough, peace isn’t something that we always have a natural inclination for, but rather it’s something we have to choose. It requires intentionality, humility, selflessness, and grace. Peacemakers choose to believe the best in others. Take a moment to think of the people in your community and lift them up in prayer. Pray also for God to guide you in ways that you can bring people together and improve the community around you.
How do you typically respond to people in your everyday conversations that have different political, religious, or moral perspectives than you? Can you have civil discussions with people who disagree with you? If we’re not careful, we can end up talking ABOUT people instead of WITH people. And this always brings division rather than unity. Take some time today to read over Psalm 141:3 and ask God to help you walk in righteousness when it comes to the way you talk with others. May God bless you as you continue promoting peace everywhere you go!
TALK IT OVER
- Who is your favorite superhero?
- If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
- Share about a time you made a wrong choice and what you learned from it.
- How do you develop a deeper desire or hunger for God?
- How can you extend mercy to people in your household in everyday situations?
- How can you promote peace in your online and offline interactions this week?
- What is one situation in your life where you are in need of clarity from the Lord?
- How can we be praying for you this week as you walk in the truths found in Matthew 5:1-12?