Monday, August 2, 2021

Matthew 5 Devotional Thoughts by Stephen Taylor

Matthew 5:44-45

“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”

 

I love how counter-intuitive Jesus is! How every fleshly instinct we have says, “What Jesus is saying is wrong,” but it yet feels so good in the spirit when it is accomplished! Jesus not only preached and taught this with His words but with His actions! He prayed for us before we knew His name, He loved us long before we loved Him, He paid for and bore our sins and shame before we ever committed them! Jesus talks and walks truth, and so should we!

 

The Holy Spirit revealed to me this morning one of the reasons why this verse is so important, and it went something like this: at one point in our lives, we were all evil, unrighteous, unrepentant sinners doomed for destruction, and yet God’s love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness still fell on us! If He showered only things down on the righteous, then our world would be pretty dry! Only Jesus is righteous, and the only way we become righteous is through our faith in Him, and I’m pretty sure none of us came out of the womb with praises on our lips!

 

We were all born into sin and into a fallen world! That’s why it’s so important to be merciful, as God was first merciful to us, not counting our sins against us because of the victory Jesus had on the cross and in the tomb!

 

One thing I have learned is that when you act like Jesus in a situation that would normally invoke a fleshly reaction, people take note, and real change can happen! If you show love instead of hate, forgiveness instead of shame, or offer peace instead of punishment, you’re actively living the words of Christ, and through that, He can break any chain and mend any heart! If you want to change the world around you, you have to first change Who is living in you!!! Let me tell you, it’s not easy, but through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can do it!

 

Romans 3:22-23 - This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

 

God bless! I love you all! Glory, Honor, and Praise forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit! 

 

 

Matthew 5:44-45

“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”

 

The sun is the physical light of this world, but Jesus is the True Light of this world. So, causing His sun to rise = Jesus rising from the grave and shining His light into this world! Rain is water that brings life to the earth, but Jesus is the Living Water that brings life to those who believe and turn to Him!

 

So, one of the things I see here is the foreshadowing of the resurrection and outpouring of Jesus into and onto this world. An outpouring of salvation for some and judgment for others! Nothing in or on this world can stop the Son from shining or stop the outpouring of Himself on this world! The entire Bible points us to Jesus because He is our hope in this hopeless world!

 

God bless, and I love you all! Glory, Honor, and Praise now and forever to God Almighty, King Jesus, and the Holy Spirit!

 

Matthew 5:44,45

“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in Heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”

 

How refreshing and beautiful is the mercy and love of our Father in Heaven. He is pouring out His blessings on both the believer and the unbeliever, and how grateful I am that He does! How many times has He blessed me more than I deserve? He rescued me more times than I know of and provided for me when I didn’t even know His name!

 

The flip side is true also. Many times in the Bible, people have been walking with the Lord, and some trial or tragedy befalls them. Does this mean that our God is punishing those closest to Him? Absolutely not! In this life, we will have both good and bad, ups and downs, victories and defeats. The question isn’t why but rather Who. It’s not “why me?” but rather “Who is with me?” that’s really important.

 

We will face many obstacles, temptations, and trials in this life, but we don’t have to face them alone. We don’t have to wander about the wildernesses of this life defeated and desolate but can march boldly through them with the Lord’s help, strength, guidance, peace, and love! We are called to persevere and walk through tough times, not to build houses and live there. The Israelites didn’t build them in their wilderness, and neither should we.

 

I don’t know a lot of things, but I know that if the Lord didn’t have me, I wouldn’t make it. I would have crumbled long ago and died in my sins. But He is merciful, kind, and compassionate to sinners like me! If you’re hurting, if you’re lonely, if you’re broken, and if you're tired of trying to figure your life out on your own, then take that life and lay it at the foot of the cross and watch the King redeem and restore you to the Father! Thank You, Jesus!

 

Colossians 1:13,14 - For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

 

Colossians 1:19,20 - For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross.

 

God bless! I love you all! Glory, Honor, and Praise now and forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ the Lamb of God and our Redeemer and the Holy Spirit who leads us in the fear of the Lord!

 

 

 

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