The Virtues of the Sermon on the Mount

by Heather 

A year ago, at the conclusion of a series of Sunday sermons on ‘The Sermon on the Mount’, we were given a prayer card that had the following:

A Weekly Continual Prayer for 21 Spiritual Virtues in the Sermon on the Mount

“Keep on asking and it will be given to you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you.”
Matthew 7:7

The virtues found in the Sermon on the Mount are worthy of our continual asking, seeking and knocking for our lives.

Sunday:

Poor in spirit (a personal acknowledgment of our spiritual and moral inadequacies)–Matthew 5:3
Meek (a humility that banishes all pride)–Matthew 5:5
Merciful (our loving response prompted by the misery and helplessness of another)–Matthew 5:7

Monday:

Pure in heart (without hypocrisy)–Matthew 5:8
Peacemaker (lessening tensions, seeking solutions, ensuring that communication is understood)–Matthew 5:9
Salt of the earth (help prevent moral decay and restrain the fulfillment of evil in the world)–Matthew 5:13

Tuesday:

Light of the world (illuminates, guides, exposes, brings clarity, causes growth)–Matthew 5:14
Righteousness (our motive to do right things comes from our love for God and others)–Matthew 5:20
Be a Reconciler (bring others together, bring others to God)–Matthew 5:24-25

Wednesday:

Avoid lust (stop, remove, run from sin)–Matthew 5:28
Keep promises (be a person of your word)–Matthew 5:37
Go the extra mile (go over and above what is asked of you with a good attitude)–Matthew 5:41

Thursday:

Love your enemies (seeks the highest good for the one who has caused us pain, injury, hurt)–Matthew 5:44
Be perfect (mature, fulfill purpose)–Matthew 5:48
Humbly serve and give (our religious devotions must be quiet so we don’t boast about them)–Matthew 6:1

Friday:

Forgive others (let go, drop the bitterness towards others who have hurt you)–Matthew 6:14
Be heavenly-minded (invest your thoughts and life in what God is doing)–Matthew 6:20
Serve God only (choose to serve and love God)–Matthew 6:24

Saturday:

Don’t worry about life’s necessities (trust in the power of God to work out all our problems)–Matthew 6:25
Do not judge others with a self-righteous attitude (don’t be a fault-finder, negative or destructive)–Matthew 7:1
Do to others, what you would have them do to you (treat others like you would like to be treated)–Matthew 7:12

these are good to meditate on and think about as we go about our busy week- especially coming up to Christmas when everything is a little more than crazy. Have a blessed Sunday all!