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Don’t Get Stuck in the Muck


Matthew 5: 11-12

It is hard to believe but camp begins in less than 3 ½ months. The first session for the younger kids begins on June 9…I hope you will keep that in mind as you plan your summer.

In the passage that was read Jesus is going to talk to us about not getting “stuck in the muck.”

11 “Blessed are you when men cast insults at you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me.

Jesus says, “Blessed are you when men cast insults at you.”

Look at the second: They will “persecute you.”

They will insult you and pursue you with the goal of making your life more painful.

Look at the third wrong: “…and they say all kinds of evil against you falsely.”

Now, how do you respond to these kinds of things?

One typical response is to get ANGRY.

Do you know what those who insulted you did?

Look at this verse: James 1:20 …for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.

Ephesians 4:26-27   Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and do not give the devil an opportunity.

When Jesus says, “Rejoice and be glad” one of the things that He is telling us is, “Don’t let them pull you into the muck!”

Well, maybe anger isn’t your thing. Maybe you are more of a “get even kind of person.”

When you do something like that in response to what they did to you what have you let them do?

Look at these verses: 1 Thessalonians 5:15   See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all men.

Ephesians 4:32   And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

So when we do what is right in the eyes of God and someone insults us, and persecutes us, and lies about us…the typical human response is to get ANGRY, TO GET EVEN, and then to GET SASSY!.

Look at these verses: Ephesians 4:29  Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear.

 James 3:8-9   But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father; and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God;

 What is Paul and James saying: “Don’t let their lies…their slander…their gossip…their insults…their persecution pull you down into the muck where they are.”

Now, back in Matthew look at what Jesus says again in vs. 12. He says: “Rejoice, and be glad,”

Look what He says: “For your reward in heaven is great.”

And it is not easy to swallow your anger…and it not easy to not be sassy…and it is not easy to not get even…

And then the second reason for avoiding getting down in the muck is “prophetic identity.” Look at the end of vs. 12:

12 “Rejoice, and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. 

What reward do you think these prophets received from God?

Just like the prophets were persecuted for their faith in God…you will be too.

I think about Jesus and how He handled it when they badmouthed Him?

1 Peter 2:21-24

21 For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, 22 who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; 23 and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously;

We, as the body of Christ are called to a higher standard…a high place.