Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me …. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven …. For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10-11, 14-16, 20
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul. Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation. Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God. Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king. 1 Peter 2:9-17
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
What does the world see when they view those who name the name of Christ. Do they see our light shining in such a way that our good works cause them to give glory to God. As we yield to the Holy Spirit living in us so that we live for Christ and others rather than ourselves, our righteousness will exceed that of the Scribes and Pharisees by a long shot. Holy Spirit living is what Christ’s kingdom is all about today. When we walk in step with the Holy Spirit we will have consistently righteous behavior and we will have an inner peace and joy that pervades our inner being and flows out and touches those around us. The impact of this kind of kingdom living on earthly kings and kingdoms must not be underestimated. God is powerfully working through His Spirit to touch the world through His people.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, you are amazing. Your plan, your provision, and what you are doing in this world is so much bigger than just me. And yet it includes me and it is a thrill to have you at work in my life through the Holy Spirit. Your kingdom is all about the Holy Spirit touching the world through my life and the lives of your people everywhere. Lord, I praise you and glorify you for who you are and all you are doing. Amen!
Posted on Wed, April 12, 2017
by Ken Hart