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Children of God need not be ashamed if they must suffer for Christ.

BibleGateway: Matthew 5:1-12

ESV Text: Matthew 5:1-12

KJV Text:

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     1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: 2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

     3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. 10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 518 (LSB 750):
If Thou but Suffer God to Guide Thee
— Organ Audio

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1. If thou but suffer God to guide thee 
And hope in Him through all thy ways, 
He’ll give thee strength, whate’er betide thee, 
And bear thee through the evil days. 
Who trusts in God’s unchanging love 
Builds on the Rock that naught can move. 

2. What can these anxious cares avail thee, 
These never-ceasing moans and sighs? 
What can it help if thou bewail thee 
O’er each dark moment as it flies? 
Our cross and trials do but press 
The heavier for our bitterness. 

3. Be patient and await His leisure 
In cheerful hope, with heart content 
To take whate’er thy Father’s pleasure 
And His discerning love hath sent, 
Nor doubt our inmost wants are known 
To Him who chose us for His own. 

4. God knows full well when times of gladness 
Shall be the needful thing for thee. 
When He has tried thy soul with sadness 
And from all guile has found thee free, 
He comes to thee all unaware 
And makes thee own His loving care. 

5. Nor think amid the fiery trial 
That God hath cast thee off unheard, 
That he whose hopes meet no denial 
Must surely be of God preferred. 
Time passes and much change doth bring 
And sets a bound to everything. 

6. All are alike before the Highest; 
‘Tis easy to our God, we know, 
To raise thee up, though low thou liest, 
To make the rich man poor and low. 
True wonders still by Him are wrought 
Who setteth up and brings to naught. 

7. Sing, pray, and keep His ways unswerving, 
Perform thy duties faithfully, 
And trust His Word, though undeserving, 
Thou yet shalt find it true for thee. 
God never yet forsook in need 
The soul that trusted Him indeed.