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Matthew 5:3 Psalm 51:1-17
Persecution is hard to nail down, and even harder to talk about. The biggest problem with persecution is that it does not ultimately take the form of ridicule or mistreatment over good behavior, but that it grows from an assumption that our behavior is actual immoral. Moral shifts in culture are what will ultimately lead to persecution.
Peacemaking is one of the more misunderstood parts of this passage. Peacemaking is not peace-keeping, not is it avoiding conflict. Peacemaking is the intentional rebuilding of damaged relationships, making them stronger than they were before. It is not in us to do this, and reliance on Christ is our only hope for truly great relationships.
Purity of heart is hollow when it is absent from its context. Without the Gospel as a point of reference, there is simply no reason to seek purity.
Sermon Beatitudes Of The Kingdom_Audio Series, Looking at The Word of God, the sermon on the Mount. Scriptures used are: Matthew 5; 2 Timothy 3:16-17. Bloomsburg Bible Church Audio Sermons 2013.