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The Extraordinary Life

Weekly Devotional Email

For Sunday, February 26, 2017

 

John 10:10 (ESV)

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

 

Dear Church Family,

Mercy is compassion and forgiveness to those when we have the opportunity to punish or judge.

There are many reasons to show mercy – to show compassion and forgiveness – to others. For the purposes of this study we looked at three reasons.

Because God Has Shown Mercy on You

Colossians 3:13 (NLT)

Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

Ephesians 4:31-32 (NIV)

31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with ever form of malice.

32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Forgiveness from God leads to forgiveness to others.

Because Resentment Doesn’t Work

Job 5:2 (TEV)

To worry yourself to death with resentment would be a foolish, senseless thing to do.

Another translation puts it this way: resentment kills a fool.

Your resentment may be directed at someone else but it is only destroying you. Resentment hurts you much more than the person you resent. When you are angry and resentful toward someone, you’re not hurting them; you’re hurting yourself. You’re the one who’s stewing, spewing, stressing, and fretting. You’re the one who’s losing sleep.

You’re the one being distracted from the joys that life has to offer.

It’s not bothering them at all!

Your huffing and puffing about a hurt in the past doesn’t bother them.

It’s destroying you! It’s robbing you! It’s killing you!

John 10:10 (ESV)

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

Resentment is unhelpful. It cannot change the past, the problem or the person who hurt you. It only hurts you. Resentment certainly doesn’t make you feel any better.

Because You’ll Need Forgiveness in the Future

Mark 11:25 (TLB)

But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive you your sins too.

Matthew 6:12 KJV

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors

John Wesley was a theologian that was born in the 1700s.

The story has been told about a man who went to John Wesley and said, “I can never forgive that person. Never.”

John Wesley replied, “Then I hope you never sin. Because we all need what we don’t want to give.”

Don’t burn the bridge of the forgiveness you’ll one day need to walk for yourself.

This Sunday’s Study…

How’s your heart?

Depending how you interpreted the word ‘heart’ you could have answered several ways….

  • You could answer it ‘physically’…
  • You could answer it ‘emotionally’…
  • You could also answer it ‘spiritually’…

To Jesus’ listeners, the heart was the totality of the inner person – the control tower, the cockpit.

The heart was thought of the seat of the character – the origin of your desires, affections, perceptions, thoughts, reasoning, imagination, conscience, intentions, purpose, will and faith.

It wasn’t just the seat of the emotions as we would interpret it, it was control tower, the cockpit of everything for the inner person.

In Sunday’s study, we’ll seek to gain understanding on the health of our heart and how its health affects our ability to see God.

The Pathway to the Extraordinary Life

Jesus gives us the pathway to this life in His sermon on the mount. This week we focus on Matthew 5:5.

Matthew 5:1-12 (NIV)

1 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them. He said: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Bible Verses we’ll study together on Sunday…

Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it

 

Matthew 15:18-19 (NLT)

18 But the words you speak come from the heart—that’s what defiles you.

19 For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander.

 

Luke 6:45 (NLT)

 A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.

 

Hebrews 12:15 (NASB)

See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;

 

Psalms 51:10 (KJV)

Create in me a clean heart, O God…

 

 

Questions for Personal Growth and Discovery…

  1. What takes up room in your heart?
  2. Is your heart (spiritually) healthy?
  3. Is your heart (spiritually) strong?
  4. Read Proverbs 4:23. What comes out of your heart? How can you protect or guard it?
  5. Where do you see God?
  6. What do you think the relationship is between having a pure heart and seeing God?

Making the most of this study…

As we continue this study here are some ways to make the most of this study:

  1. Read Matthew 5:1-12 daily over the next few weeks.
  2. Memorize our theme verse for this new study listed above (John 10:10 NIV).
  3. Prepare your heart for next Sunday’s message with this weekly devotional email (if this was forwarded to you by a friend or loved one and you would like to be included, send an email to pastorpudi@gmail.com or call the church office).
  4. Have questions during this study? Email them to pastorpudi@gmail.com or text them to (541) 530-4912.
  5. Resolve now to be with each Sunday in our study ‘The Extraordinary Life’.
  6. Pray that God will help us understand the truths found in Matthew 5 that he will enable us to live the extraordinary life that He intends for us to live.

 

A pure heart. That’s my prayer. And it’s my prayer for you, too!

I look forward to studying this with you this Sunday.

Until then…

Blessings,

Pastor Daniel

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