Matthew 5:7-16 NASB
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
10 “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
- (v. 7) Read Matthew 25:41-45. What does it mean to be “merciful”? How do we live a life of mercy according to Scripture?
- (v. 8) What is the prerequisite to seeing God? What is Jesus saying in this verse?
- (v. 9) What is a “peacemaker”?
- (v. 10-12) What does persecution look like in our world today? What should be our attitude if faced with persecution?
- (v. 13-16) What does it mean to be “salt” and “light”?
- (v. 16) How does Jesus tell us to let our light shine in the world? What will others see?