Dear family and friends, brothers and sisters in Christ.
This week’s devotional is one of my favorite Scripture passages from the Gospel according to Matthew (chapter 5). I encourage and urge each and everyone of you to take the time to read and meditate on it.
1But seeing the crowds, he went up into the mountain, and having sat down, his disciples came to him;
2and, having opened his mouth, he taught them, saying,
3Blessed [are] the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of the heavens.
4Blessed they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5Blessed the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
6Blessed they who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.
7Blessed the merciful, for they shall find mercy.
8Blessed the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9Blessed the peace-makers, for they shall be called sons of God.
10Blessed they who are persecuted on account of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of the heavens.
11Blessed are ye when they may reproach and persecute you, and say every wicked thing against you, lying, for my sake.
12Rejoice and exult, for your reward is great in the heavens; for thus have they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
13Ye are the salt of the earth; but if the salt have become insipid, wherewith shall it be salted? It is no longer fit for anything but to be cast out and to be trodden under foot by men.
14Ye are the light of the world: a city situated on the top of a mountain cannot be hid.
15Nor do [men] light a lamp and put it under the bushel, but upon the lamp-stand, and it shines for all who are in the house.
16Let your light thus shine before men, so that they may see your upright works, and glorify your Father who is in the heavens.
17Think not that I am come to make void the law or the prophets; I am not come to make void, but to fulfil.
18For verily I say unto you, Until the heaven and the earth pass away, one iota or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law till all come to pass.
The Lord bless you all,