Sermon on The Mount

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Attitude

Jesus’ disciples gathered around Him and he taught them (vv. 1-2). 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. He says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness” (v. 6). This means to long for God, the real God, not a false deity of their own imagination, and those who find him will be filled.

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 and meekly submit to God.

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.

Application

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)


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