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25 May

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In the early twentieth century, people of India were under the rule of the British. Mahatma Gandhi, the father of modern India, was approached by Lord Irwin, the British viceroy. Irwin asked him what he considered to be the solution to the problems of India and his country.

Gandhi took a book and opened it to the Gospel of Matthew, the fifth chapter. He answered, “When your country and mine shall get together on the teachings of Christ in this Sermon on the Mount, we shall have solved the problems not only of our countries but those of the whole world.”

It took a Hindu to remind Christians of the British Empire of the teachings of Jesus and to notice the striking disparity between what many Christians quote on one hand, and how they live their lives on the other.

It took a Hindu to remind Christians that Jesus’s words are to be applied to every area of our lives and say that if one doesn’t do that, one has no business calling oneself by the name of Jesus.

Let’s conform our lives to Jesus’s words, that we may have the honor of being called His disciples.

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.

The Beatitudes

He said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:1-12

When you read the Bible today, don’t take God’s words lightly. Take one verse that you’ve read today and apply it to your life.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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