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Jun 12

Good morning, Lord!
Thank you for your awesome mercy, Father! Thank you for forgiveness, for understanding, for patience, for encouragement, for direction! Thank you for choosing me, and never leaving me alone and lost. Thank you for reaching out to me, even when I am certain I do not deserve it. Thank you for teaching me that it really doesn’t matter what I do, that it is instead all about YOU and your mercy. I could never earn a place in your presence — Jesus did that for me! I am humbled and grateful, Lord. Help me to do something good for you today, to touch someone with your love, to give to someone else some of the awesomeness that you have given to me. Thank you, Father! 😀

 
Matthew 5:2-12 ERV

Then Jesus began teaching the people. He said,
“Great blessings belong to those who know they are spiritually in need. God’s kingdom belongs to them.
Great blessings belong to those who are sad now. God will comfort them.
Great blessings belong to those who are humble. They will be given the land God promised.
Great blessings belong to those who want to do right more than anything else. God will fully satisfy them.
Great blessings belong to those who show mercy to others. Mercy will be given to them.
Great blessings belong to those whose thoughts are pure. They will be with God.
Great blessings belong to those who work to bring peace. God will call them his sons and daughters.
Great blessings belong to those who suffer persecution for doing what is right. God’s kingdom belongs to them.
“People will insult you and hurt you. They will lie and say all kinds of evil things about you because you follow me. But when they do that, know that great blessings belong to you.
Be happy about it. Be very glad because you have a great reward waiting for you in heaven. People did these same bad things to the prophets who lived before you.

 
I think this is the first time I’ve read the “Beattitudes” in the Easy-Read Version. I like the freshness the Word seems to have for me sometimes, when I am reading along in something other than my old familiar King James. It makes things stand out in new ways, and even if I do go ahead and read the King James — and even do a word study or two using the Hebrew and/or Greek original wordings — it is a worthy springboard, something to shake up my old stagnant reading and give it new life. Thank you, Lord!

 

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