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“God…calls you to share in his own Kingdom”.
1 Thess 2:12 GNB
Living the life that pleases God rather than yourself begins when you acknowledge that he is the sovereign Lord God. He is high over any other being that other people may believe in. And he rules both in the wider world and in the individual lives of his children.
Jesus spelt out the nature of that Kingdom life in what he did and taught. The beatitudes spell out some of the qualities and attitudes of Kingdom living. “Blessed are the poor in spirit – for theirs is the Kingdom of God” (Matt 5:3); Those who mourn are happy because they receive comfort (Matt 5:4); humility, rather than proud, pushy arrogance is a Kingdom quality and those who are humble will receive a reward from God (Matt 5:5); it is the nature of Kingdom life that those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires, for God will satisfy them (Matt 5:6); people who live the Kingdom life are merciful to others and they receive God’s mercy in return (Matt 5:7); if you are good and have a pure heart, you will have the vision of God (Matt 5:8); working for peace is a Kingdom activity – you can’t participate in God’s Kingdom if you always want to fight and go to war; working for peace is what God’s children do (Matt 5:9); this Kingdom belongs to people who get persecuted because they do what God requires (Matt 5:10); Kingdom living often earns tough opposition and people insult you and tell all kinds of lies about you because you belong to Jesus, don’t be unhappy about it, but rather be glad; they did the same to the prophets of old (Matt 5:11,12). Things are quite topsy-turvy in the Kingdom!
Lord, help me to live your Kingdom life.
PRAYER OF INTERCESSION
I pray today Lord for those people who feel that they are being weighed down by their aches and pains. Help them to summon up sufficient strength and hope to “chase away the blues”. Give them extra joy to find beauty, love and purpose in life. I ask it in Jesus’ name. AMEN
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