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May 29, 2016 - Yoked to an Idea - Matthew 5:8-9

posted Jun 7, 2016, 10:43 AM by Grant Garber   [ updated Jun 7, 2016, 10:47 AM ]
  • Purity, in this context, means “singular in purpose”.
“Purity of heart means to will one thing.” ~Soren Kierkegaard
  • Blessed are those who believe that they are not necessary. The reason it’s a blessing is that it allows you to be loved.
  • One other thing about the blessing of willing one thing in life is when your heart is divided, this division permeates everything.
  • If we will the one thing that Jesus is Savior, then He is Savior of everyone and everything else, which are received by us as His gifts.
  • If you are going to share Christ’s identity, then you have to share Christ’s mission. And Christ’s mission wasn’t just to love peace, but to make peace.
  • If you are devoted to being a peacemaker you may have to give up always being right.
  • There is still a tremendous amount of trench warfare that goes on in our lives, trenches that divide us from them.
  • To be the children of God means our mission sooner or later is to climb out of our trench, to treat the person you are most worried about as brother and sister in Christ. I’m not saying that you should sacrifice your convictions about what’s right and what’s wrong. But at least one of our convictions has to be compassion. And face to face, it is easier to resolve conflicts over convictions and to make peace.
  • Serious peacemaking takes time. Peacemaking is a messy business.
  • The one thing that we are called for is to look for the truth and the salvation that Jesus alone can bring.
Pastor Jim Spon | Matthew 5:8-9