Mathew 5:3 – 12 (NIV) Blessed are the poor in spirit... Blessed are those who mourn... Blessed are the meek... Blessed are those who hunger and thirst... Blessed are the merciful... Blessed are the pure in heart...
Blessed are the peacemakers... Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness... Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me...
Luke 6:27 – 30 “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them...
Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back!
Matthew 25 34 – 40 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world... (Why?)
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’.. (What? Huh?)
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
2.Let God identify with those He chooses! (And who does the King choose?)
THIRD GUEST: Phil Madeira, with “We All Give God the Blues” From Mercyland: Hymns for the Rest of Us (2012)
What kind of “God” are we depicting as we live (and talk) in our day-to-day life?
Matthew 22:36 – 40 (A lawyer asks Jesus) “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ (quoting Deut. 6:5)
... This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’ (quoting Leviticus 19:18). All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
John 13:34 – 35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”