Be wise men and women with Jesus

Matthew 7:24-25

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.

Jesus made these bold statements at the end of a long message He delivered personally

The content of Matthew chapter 5 to 7 is known as the “Sermon on the Mount”

It recorded exactly what Jesus spoken and ended with this warning

 

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.

 

What was Jesus saying?

 

If we want to be wise man and woman … pay attention to what Jesus said and do it!

 

Building a house on a rock is referring to how we live our life, what principles we abide in and practice

If we look at our world today, people are striving very hard to survive.

There are lots of decisions to be made every day

Wise people seek wise counselors

 

Proverbs 24:6 – for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.

 

The important question we need to ask ourselves is

 

Who are we listening to?

Who are we taking advice from?

 

In reality we know human counselors can run into error

What makes Jesus’ counseling more superior is the eternal value attached to it.

 

John 17:3 – And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

 

How it is that Jesus’ words have eternal value?

Jesus was there at the beginning of creation

Jesus is the living word of God who created all things

Jesus is the source of life

 

In-His-Service

David Z

 

 

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The words and promises of Jesus brings hope to individuals, communities and nations

Jeremiah 29:11-13 –  For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.

This message from the prophet Jeremiah was first delivered during Israel’s darkest time in history.

It was meant to bring hope to those who felt hopeless.

It was meant to revive the faint-hearted.

The prophet’s message was to awaken the people to their senses that their own ways and method were leading them to destruction.

The whole nation was rebuked for rejecting a better future in God’s promises.

 

We are called to choose life and turn away from destruction and hopelessness.

 

Japanese society today is very focused on social economic progress but the domestic economy is struggling.

More of today’s generation claimed to be non-religious, non-spiritual. People think if they just focus on work and pay checks, life should continue peaceful and in harmony.

But in order to have a domestic economy that is sustainable and progressive, we need a vibrant community to support it.

Japanese know their population is shrinking and with more cases of suicide, work-death, isolation and depression all contributing to growing social woes.

Japan is known for the worst work-life-balance among developed nations! There are people on the ground calling for change but this nation is stuck with too much obligations to their own traditions.

 

What does this have to do with the words and promises of God?

 

Like the days of Jeremiah when the Jews lost hope, many in this nation (Japan) have lost faith and hope for change. Many more have gone the path of self-exclusion, loneliness and disconnecting themselves from society.

Our world today is not doing better. All of human endeavors incur probability of failures and hopelessness.

 

Our first step towards change for better is to recognize where we ourselves have gone wrong!

 

The wisest people here on Earth will invest their time and resource building their future on the words and promises of Jesus Christ

 

Isaiah 40:8 – The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. 

 

The words and promises of God are eternal and enduring.

Making well-informed choices is good practice

The words and promises of God are good for us but only for those who can believe and see their future in it

We are called to make wise decision to receive the blessing and promises of God

 

Jesus came to save us but those who hated Him persecuted and hang Him on a cross to die

But the word of God is living, powerful and eternal

Jesus the living word of God came back to life!

 

John 12:32 – And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”

 

People are in shock and awe about the resurrection power of God

This is how Jesus will be exulted

This is how Jesus is magnified forever

 

Psalm 118:22 – The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.

 

From the days of the Gospel, people have placed their hope and trust in Jesus and not disappointed

The weak have become strong

The outcast have found their place

The poor have been satisfied

Those heavy laden have found their rest in God

We need to have faith in the words and promises of Jesus

 

Jeremiah 29:11-13 –  For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.

 

The words and promises of Jesus brings hope for a better future

 

In-His-Service

David Z

 

Jesus and the power of forgiveness

Jesus did something shocking and disturbing to law-makers

 

Mark 2:7 – “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

Luke 5:21 – And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

 

If Jesus did not shed His blood for us, there will be no forgiveness for our sins against God and man.

But do we know, Jesus granted this power of forgiveness to us as well? So that we can exercise forgiveness to others

That’s right, not only can we seek forgiveness from Jesus but we are granted the power to forgive those who do wrong against us.

 

Here is an interesting event recorded, where Jesus taught us love and forgiveness

 

Luke 7:36-49

36One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and reclined at table.

37And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment,

38and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment.

39Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.”

40And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.”

41“A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.

42When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

43Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.”

44Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.

45You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet.

46You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment.

47Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”

48And Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

49Then those who were at table with Jesus began to say amongh themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?”

50And Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

 

Forgiveness does not mean we allow lawlessness and let wrongdoers walk free

To receive full forgiveness from God we need to offer sacrifices according to the will of God

That woman came to Jesus in public view knowing she is a sinner

It is her way of believing and confession Jesus is her savior

She sacrificed and surrendered her rights and defenses before Jesus in seeking forgiveness and acceptance.

Jesus received her approach

 

John 6:37 – All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.

 

Forgiveness is from God and of God

Forgiveness teaches us about the love of God

God in His love and kindness draws us to Jesus to find forgiveness.

This is a beautiful illustration of receiving forgiveness from Jesus

Jesus used this incident to teach us about the love of God and how to love people

 

47Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”

 

Means to say the person who loves a lot will forgive a lot more

Jesus demonstrated His great love for people as He sacrificed for all mankind

 

John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 1:29 – The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

1Timothy 2:5 – For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

 

We who have received forgiveness from Jesus we need to know God granted us the power to forgive

 

In-His-Service

David Z

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can the words and teachings of Jesus help resolve labor woes in Japan? Yes of course … if only they can believe and receive it

Matthew 11:28–30Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Japan has a long standing national crisis with labor shortage.

To better understand situation on the ground, the crux of the problem is more social then numeric.

Japan has a total population of about 127 million. That is a lot of people, and although Japan is an aging population many of the elderly are still working.

A quagmire socioeconomic woe is that Japan has a large hidden pool of work-able people below age 50 not engaged in work. A hidden number of at least 6 million and we are warned many more not reported not disclosed.

Government officials are dumbfounded knowing it is a growing problem that is already having a crippling impact on the economy. They want solution but found themselves in a cul-de-sac situation.

 

Here are three sets of government statistics that will change our perspective and understanding of labor shortages in Japan.

2016 record show only 2.3 million registered foreigners living and working in Japan covering labor needs in various industries

Today in Japanese society at least 4.5 million Japanese who are educated and able to work are known to have secluded themselves. What are they doing or not doing? Read about it here.

Another situation that has become highly sensitive is that more then 700 000 are on record with Hikikomori, a condition that’s left doctors and psychologists in discussion and debates for decades.

Doctors and psychologists also warned the actual numbers could be a lot higher as many more will not disclose their conditions. The average age of those in this condition is below 40s.

Japanese culture of “shame” is contributing to a worsening situation.

The Japanese way of obligations and communication protocol – cannot be assertive, cannot be direct – have driven themselves further into isolation and created unnecessary restrictions against human to human interactions and communications

National Geographic published about Hikikomori here

 

So how can the words and promises of Jesus address this problem?

Matthew 11:28–30Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

The words of God have the power to change lives if only they can believe and receive it

Some of these who went into isolation may have had nasty encounter at work place and disengaged themselves from society.

Japan’s working condition is notorious and “black companies” have continued to take advantage of employees working in fear of losing their jobs.

There are known cases of targeted bully, abuse and unfair criticism. Sometimes employees took upon themselves excessive obligations that have no direct impact on productivity and results but in keeping formalities and rigid protocol. Read about it here.

 

Let’s consider well what Jesus has to offer

Matthew 11:28–30

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Jesus’ answer to those who are heavy laden is not to stop work but to take up another job, work with a different attitude and for a different boss who will take care of us better.

We may be engineers, teachers, and workers of different fields …. but first and foremost we work for Jesus and the kingdom of God

Jesus teaches us to work for the blessings of others.

Jesus teaches us to work to fulfill the will of our Father in heaven

Jesus teaches us to take care of our body

Jesus teaches us to have a good work-life balance

If your companies force you to work overtime with excessive demands and expectations, and you know you are heading towards Karōshi (過労死) – time to stop, seek Jesus, ask for help

Matthew 7:7 – “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

The worst to happen is to keep your silence and suffer alone.

Work is important but we should not support abusive working environment

Jesus came to set the oppress free and we have received the freedom to walk away from abusive working environment

 

In-His-Service

David Z

 

On a mission reaching out to “outsiders”, “rejected” and “depressed”

Philippians 2:1 – So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy,

Japan is known to be a stressful nation.

Japanese society has a long standing social problem with suicide and there are more disturbing issues people won’t want to talk about easily in public –

 

hikikomori ひきこもり or 引き籠り

 

A deep rooted cause has to be –

 

Excessive demands and expectation some of which preternatural

 

For example a school girl was forced to dye her hair black to conform to her school policy and ideology insisting that black hair is unique to being Japanese.

But she was born with natural dark brown hair!

Such preternatural demands and expectations is driving people crazy and causing unnecessary stress and depression.

Human behavior should not be defined by “Japanese-ness

Foreigners in Japan who are subjected to “Japanese-ness” are even ostracized, condemned and separated.

People have been driven to isolation, depression and loneliness.

This is no good.

 

We are created by God

 

Acts 17:28 – for “‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “‘For we are indeed his offspring.’

 

In Christ Jesus we are who we are regardless of skin color and nationalities.

We need to overcome discrimination and prejudice with the words and promises of God

Japanese themselves have become victim of their own enforced homogeneous policies and ideology and this has made things even more difficult for foreigners.

People should not be judged by their skin colors and nationalities.

 

(Leviticus 19:33-34) – “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

 

(Hebrews 13:2) – Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

 

We need to promote a society of grace, welcoming and encouragement

We need to embrace the will of God and reach out to foreigners and outsiders.

It is very shocking to hear of government official wanting to implement apartheid in Japan!

Japanese author Ayako Sono, a former adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proposed –

“Let Them In – But Keep a Distance” – “People can carry out business and research together, and socialize together, but they should live apart,” she wrote.

What is she thinking?

What is even more shocking is this person who embraces apartheid is supposing a Christian!

As long as lawmakers and policy holders have that kind of mentality, this is no good!

 

We need to return to the words and teachings of Jesus Christ that promotes real peaceful community living through acceptance and grace according to the will of God.

 

Galatians 3:28 – There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

 

Galatians 5:6 – For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.

 

Colossians 3:11– Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

 

The way to effective Gospel outreach and to ensure permanent fruits that will remains is to train and equip locals to be outward looking, reaching beyond their own race and nationalities, breaking their own social norms which contradict the words and promises of God.

Mission outreach must avoid any platform to exclusiveness for a certain race and negligence to the lost, the outcast and the pilgrims.

 

In-His-Service

David Z

Jesus the savior of the world

John 4:42 – They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”

The Gospel of John chapter 4 recorded an interesting event how Jesus reaches out to people.

It was one of the rare incidents where Jesus explicitly acknowledged He is the Messiah

 

Messiah means Savior

 

John 4:25-26 – The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.”

What made the event even more interesting was that it all happened in an environment shrouded in racism discrimination.

There were “social norms” forbidding that conversation between Jesus and the woman at the well.

 

Jews had no dealings with Samaritans

 

John 4:9 – The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)

Jesus broke with social norm in reaching out to the Samaritan woman

The same Samaritan woman having received her blessing from Jesus reaches out to her community

 

Good news multiply fast

 

All her neighbors and friends came to hear Jesus!

Fast forward to Acts 10, it was this same Jesus who instructed Peter to reach out to non-Jews

By Acts 11.26 … Paul and Barnabas were reaching out to an international community

 

Jesus is the Messiah the Savior of the world

 

Some people in Asia think Jesus is a westerner religion…but such idea is misleading

Jesus himself rebuked the Jews for not praying for the nations and reaching out to their neighbors

 

Jesus is international!

 

Humanity was created by God

What nationality was Adam?

What race were Adam and Eve?

When God address people, His main concern is, if you have faith hope and trust in Him

God relates to people through faith hope and trust

Regardless of color and nationalities, God is calling all of us to receive His salvation plan through Jesus

 

Last week we’ve been hit by typhoon in Osaka

Typhoon don’t choose nationalities or color

Everyone on this land was affected

And in times of difficulties we ask for help

Who do pray to?

Who do we place our faith and trust?

 

In this time of writing, a huge typhoon is heading for Hong Kong, and a hurricane is heading to Carolinas (U.S)

Natural disaster can bring loss of material things

We may even loss friends and family members, but Jesus came to give us the gift of eternal life

Yes there is life after death and if we choose Jesus we receive eternal life

 

John 11:25 – Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live

 

In Jesus we trust

In-His-Service

David Z

 

Jesus shows compassion in practical ways

Matthew 12:7 – And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.

Jesus made that remark against the Pharisees’ hypocritical religious code in condemning hungry souls who need to eat.

Here is the full story

 

Matthew 12:1-8

At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat.

But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath.”

He (Jesus) said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, and those who were with him: how he entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him to eat nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests?

Or have you not read in the Law how on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath and are guiltless?

I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”

 

The Pharisees’ complaint about “not lawful” had to do with religious code created and added themselves but not according to the will of God.

 

The purpose of Sabbath was to give us time for rest.

 

God created us and He knows best what we need.

God gave the commandment to observe the day of Sabbath for us to learn to take care of our body.

We need to rest so we don’t overwork.

We need to eat when hungry, unless we choose to fast.

Therefore Jesus defended His disciples.

 

Matthew 12:7 – And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.

 

They were guiltless.

They had no food delivery services like we have today.

No convenient stores, no food court available.

Hungry and thirsty they took only what was needed to satisfy their hunger

Jesus knows how to take cares of us and watch out for us for good

 

Psalm 146:6

The Lord, who executes justice for the oppressed, gives food to the hungry.

He sets the prisoners free; opens the eyes of the blind.

 

We learn to trust Jesus and abide in His promises

 

In-His-Service

David Z

Jesus teaches the importance of daily devotions

Luke 11:1-13

Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”

And Jesus said to them, “When you pray, say:

“Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come.

Give us each day our daily bread,

and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.

And lead us not into temptation.”

 

And Jesus said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’?

I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs.

 

And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened

What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?

If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

 

It is perfectly alright to ask

Especially within father and son relationship

 

Jesus is teaching us to relate to God as our heavenly father

 

We live in a world of negative impression against God. For example, insurance documents worldwide explicitly labeled natural disasters as “acts of God”.

The world is teaching a misleading impression of God.

 

If we want to fully understand God, we need to look at Jesus

John 1:18 – No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.

John was talking about Jesus.

When we read and understand how Jesus showed compassion on people, we are looking at the compassion of God.

When we learn how Jesus broke bread and fed the multitudes, this show’s our Father in heaven taking care of people when they are hungry.

When Jesus teaches us to pray, He is teaching us to trust and depend on God our Father in heaven to take care of us.

Prayer is our act of faith to trust our heavenly Father

 

In-His-Service

David Z

 

 

Jesus provides salvation to those who wants it, need it and appreciate it

Luke 23:43 – And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

 

Jesus offered that to a person who was crucified with Him by his side

Here are the full details

 

Luke 23:32-33

Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with Jesus. And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified Jesus, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left.

 

Luke 23:39-43

One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!”

But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.”

And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

And Jesus said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

 

On that day and moment Jesus was crucified on the cross, the two different responses from these two offenders projected two opposite attitude towards Jesus.

One demanded salvation and deliverance from his condemnation as if Jesus owed it to him!

The other asked for salvation knowing he deserve condemnation on the cross.

We don’t know if this person heard Jesus sermon previously but he know to ask for help from the right person!

Jesus did taught His disciples to ask –

 

Luke 11:9-13

And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened

What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?

If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

 

Jesus is teaching us to look to God our heavenly Father who loves us and wanted to take care of us for good.

God will judge when we do wrong, for the sake of justice and righteousness. But God care for us that He will provide solution for us.

 

Jesus is God’s salvation plan for Man

 

We don’t deserve it but we can ask for it

Ask and we shall receive

And if we have received it, everywhere we go we bring with us this hope of salvation in Jesus Christ.

 

In-His-Service

David Z

Jesus shows favor to those who want it and need it

Genesis 6:8 – But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

It is a blessing to find favor with God

Back in the days of Genesis, Noah found favor with God in a world flooded with darkness

 

Here is a list of good news about finding favor with God

  1. No need paper qualification to find favor with God
  2. No need money and wealth to find favor with God
  3. No need credential to find favor with God

 

Here is what we need to find favor with God

  1. desire to be with God
  2. hunger and thirst for righteousness with God

 

Noah may be living in a generation of low tech and primitive, but the hearts and minds of people faces the same problems of daily life.

 

Desire to be with God or the way of darkness?

 

Noah found favor with God and how did that happen?

God looks at a man’s heart and show him good.

Noah had the desire to find favor with God and God answered.

Noah acted on the instructions of God and was blessed of God.

 

Jesus invites us to find favor with God

Matthew 5:6 – “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Today we can find favor with God through Jesus

How?

Through the words and promises of God proclaimed by Jesus

 

Matthew 5:3-10

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

We find favor with God through believing and obeying the words and preaching of Jesus

Jesus is source and guarantor of eternal blessing

 

In-His-Service

David Z