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Character of a Christian

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This passage of Scripture is known as the Sermon on the Mount.  It is one of the most misunderstood messages that Jesus ever gave. It does not tell a person how to be saved as some people say but instead it tells us what it is like to be saved. Jesus gave this message to individual believers and not to the unsaved world.  

The Pharisees taught that righteousness was an external thing, a matter of obeying rules and regulations. They thought that righteousness could be measured by praying, giving, fasting etc. They were concerned about the minor details of conduct, but neglected the major matter of character.  Attitude shapes our character. The Beatitudes describes the following attitudes we need to have in our lives as Christians:

1.  Our attitude toward ourselves (v.3). “Poor in Spirit” means to be humble.

2.  Our attitude toward our sins (v.4-6). Mourn over sin, despise it.

3.  Out attitude toward the Lord (v. 7-9).

    a.    Share His mercy with others.

    b.    Keep our hearts pure.

    c.    Become peacemakers.

4.   Our attitude toward the world (v. 10-12). Expect to be persecuted if we are living as God wants us to live.


Of the character qualities listed in this passage which two do I want the most in my life?  What steps can I take to produce these in my life?

Matthew 5:1-12 (English Standard Version)

Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. "Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you."

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