Sunday Service Sneak Peek for February 12, 2017 -Matthew 5:21-32

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for February 12, 2017 -Matthew 5:21-32

God’s Word makes it very clear that no one can earn God’s favor, or win His love by obeying His commands.  The hard truth is we fail to obey, and we sin every single day.  All we can say is, “Thank God for grace!” Learn more Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Victory Lutheran Church.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Matthew 5:14

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.” 

-Matthew 5:14 NIV

 

During these long winter months, we’re reminded just how important the sun is.  It provides much needed warmth, and though the hours are shortened where we live, it sheds welcome light on the earth.  It’s no small thing that Jesus says, “YOU are the light of the world.”  That’s right, YOU.  Elsewhere Jesus tells us that HE is the light of the world (John 8:12) but that light is given to us through faith and as one of His followers, you are now the light of the world.  How can you brighten the lives of the people you encounter each day?  How can you bring warmth and kindness into a world that is increasingly cold and bitter?  Jesus showed His love by paying the debt for our all our sins.  As a believer, you have the comfort and assurance of eternal life in heaven.  As a believer, you have the fruit of the Spirit which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Display them every day, and shine everywhere you go.  This dark world desperately needs it.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Matthew 5:7

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

-Matthew 5:7 NIV

 

In our current national/political climate, there isn’t a lot of mercy being shown.  I’m talking about you and me as citizens.  We’ve drawn our lines and are now arguing our positions.  We need to be merciful.  All of us.  Mercy involves sympathy, empathy, and compassion.  Many of us do very little to try to understand where others are coming from.  We seem to care very little why they feel the way they do.  Mercy moves us to better understand these things.  It doesn’t mean we need to alter our beliefs or convictions, but mercy causes us to better understand.  Where there is understanding, there can be empathy and compassion.  Mercy means we afford others the same treatment we have received from God Himself.  God is love, and His action in Jesus proves it.  Jesus became human to understand first-hand what it is to be human.  We deserved punishment for our sin, Jesus took it on Himself.  As children of God, our words and actions are a billboard to the world.  Others form their opinions of God based on what we say and do.  What will others see in you?  Harshness and hostility, or empathy and understanding?   Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.