Sermon on the Mount: Day 11

Live Such Good Lives

Read 1 Peter 2:12
 
Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
 
Reflect 

We all know our lives speak, but we don’t always live out what we really desire. We want to be kind, exercise patience, extend forgiveness, and love well. But we don’t always quite have it in us. Sometimes we even choose not to do these things out of stubbornness, bitterness, or just tiredness. To live good lives requires more than effort alone. It requires God’s strength and transformation and love in us. The more grounded we are in God and who we are in Christ—loved, forgiven, empowered—the more we can live out what we believe. As long as we try in our own strength, we will run out of capacity. But when we access God’s strength through the Holy Spirit, we will never grow tired.

  • In what areas of your life do you seem to run out of capacity (or even the desire sometimes) to live out what you believe? 
     
  • What spiritual practices help you stay grounded in a way that expands your capacity and allows you to draw on God’s strength and love? If you’ve gotten away from those practices, how might you seek to re-incorporate them into your life?
     
  • What invitation to you sense God extending to you as you think about staying grounded in Him so that your life will speak goodness and lead others to God?

Respond
 
God, give me eyes to see the world through Your eyes. Give me ears to hear where You’re leading me. And may I be a light in this dark world today. Amen.

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