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Misty Edwards’ powerful message about being a servant in Christ- Misty Edwards cites Matthew Chapters 5-7 as Christian 101- so here it is:

Matthew 5:1  When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountain and sat down. His followers came to him.
2  This is what he started teaching them:
3  “The people who are broken in spirit are happy, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to THEM.
4  The people who are crying now will be happy, because THEY will be comforted.
5  Humble people are happy, because the earth will be given to THEM.
6  People who are hungry and thirsty for what is right are happy, because THEY will be filled.
7  People who give mercy to others are happy, because THEY will receive mercy.
8  People who have pure hearts are happy, because THEY will see God.
9  People who make peace are happy, because THEY will be called the sons of God.
10  The people who have been persecuted because they were doing right are happy, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to THEM.
11  “You will be happy when people insult you, persecute you, and tell all kinds of lies against you because of me.
12  You should be full of joy and be very glad, because you will have great rewards in heaven. This was the way your ancestors persecuted the prophets before you.”
13  “You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its salty taste,• then it is no good. You cannot make it salty again. It is good for nothing. It is thrown outside where people walk on it.
14  “You are light for the world. It is not possible to hide a city which is sitting on a hill.
15  No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, he puts the lamp on a lamp table, and it shines for everyone in the house.
16  So, let your light shine in front of people, so that they will see the good things you do. Then they will give glory to your Father, who is in heaven.”
17  “Do not think I came to destroy the law or the prophets. I did not come to destroy them. I have come to give them their full meaning.
18  I am telling you the truth: While heaven and earth are standing, not even the smallest letter — or part of a letter — can be changed in the law until everything is completed.
19  Anyone who disobeys even one of the smallest commands and teaches this way to others will not be important in the kingdom of heaven. But, anyone who obeys and teaches the right way will be important in the kingdom of heaven.
20  I tell you, if your `righteousness´ is no better than that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”
21  “You have heard that this was said to the people long ago: `Do not murder. Anyone who commits murder will be in danger of being punished.´
22  But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be in danger of being punished. Anyone who says `You idiot!´• to his brother must answer to the Jewish Council. Anyone who says, `You fool!´ will be in danger of being punished in hell fire.

Matthew 5:23  Suppose you are bringing your gift to God at the altar. While there, you remember that your brother has something against you.
24  Leave your gift right there in front of the altar. The important thing is to go and make friends with your brother. When you come back, offer your gift to God.
25  When someone is trying to sue you, settle things out of court quickly. Do this while you are still with him on the way to court, or he might give you to the judge. And the judge might give you to the officer and then you might be thrown into jail.
26  I am telling you the truth: You may never get out of there, until you pay off the last penny.”
27  “You have heard that this was said: `You must not commit adultery.´
28  But I am telling you that when any man continues looking at a woman because he wants her sexually, he has already, in his heart, committed adultery with her.
29  If your right eye is making you sin, take it out and throw it away from you! You would be better off to destroy one part of your body than to have your whole body thrown into hell.
30  Or, if your right hand is making you sin, cut it off and throw it away from you! You would be better off to destroy one member of your body than for your whole body to go off into hell.”
31  “This has been said: `A man who divorces his wife must give her divorce papers.´
32  But I am telling you, unless the reason is her sexual sin, any man who divorces his wife causes her to commit adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery, too.”
33  “Again, you have heard that this was said to the people long ago: `Do not break your vow by God; do what you promised!´
34  But I am telling you this: Do NOT make vows by God! Don’t make a vow by heaven, because heaven is God’s throne.
35  Don’t do it by the earth, because the earth is God’s footstool. Don’t do it by Jerusalem, because that is the city of the great king.
36  Don’t do it by your head, because you are not able to change one hair to be white or black.
37  Your yes answer should mean `yes´ and your no answer should mean `no.´ Saying any more than this is bad.”
38  “You have heard that this was said: `Get back an eye for an eye. Get back a tooth for a tooth.´
39  But I am telling you this: Do not fight back against evil. Instead, if a person hits you on the right side of your face, turn the other side to him, too!
40  If someone wants to sue you in order to take your shirt, let him have your robe, too!
41  If someone forces you to go one mile,• go two miles with him!
42  Give to every person who asks you. When someone wants to borrow something, lend it to him.”
43  “You have heard that this was said: `Love your friend• and hate your enemy.´
44  But I say this to you: Love your enemies! Pray for those who are cruel to you,
45  so that you will become sons of your Father, who is in heaven. God’s sun shines• upon good people and bad people. It rains upon the people who do right AND upon those who do wrong.

Matthew 5:44  But I say this to you: Love your enemies! Pray for those who are cruel to you,
45  so that you will become sons of your Father, who is in heaven. God’s sun shines• upon good people and bad people. It rains upon the people who do right AND upon those who do wrong.
46  If you love only those people who love you, then you are not any better than anyone else. Even tax collectors do the same thing!
47  If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing? Even people without God do the same thing!
48  You must be mature, as your Father in heaven is.”

Matthew 6:1  “Be careful not to do your good deeds in front of people, so that they will notice you. If you do that, you will not receive a reward from your Father who is in heaven.
2  “When you help poor people, don’t sound a trumpet before you.• The hypocrites• act like that in the synagogues and on the streets, so that people will praise them. I am telling you the truth: They have received their reward.
3  Instead, when you are helping poor people, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,
4  so that it will be in secret. Your heavenly Father secretly sees this; He will repay you.”
5  “And when you pray, don’t be like the two-faced people.• They love to stand praying in the synagogues and on the street corners, so that other people will see them. I am telling you the truth: They have received their reward.
6  Instead, when you pray, go into your private room and close the door. Then pray secretly to your heavenly Father. He sees this in secret; He will repay you.
7  “When you pray, don’t use words without thinking, as people in the world do. They think that by saying many words they will be listened to.
8  Don’t be like them. Your heavenly Father knows the things you need, even before you ask Him.
9  “This is the way you should pray: `Our Father in heaven, may Your name always be kept holy.
10  May Your kingdom come. May what You want done be done. May it always be here on earth as it is in heaven.
11  Give us the food we need each day.
12  Forgive us of the sins we have committed, as we forgive everyone who has done wrong to us.
13  Keep us away from temptation. Rescue us from the evil one.´•
14  “If you forgive people of the things they have done wrong to you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
15  However, if you do not forgive people, then your Father will not forgive the wrong things which you have done.”
16  “And when you fast,• do not wear a sad face as the hypocrites do. They make their faces look serious, so that people will realize that they are fasting. I am telling you the truth: They are receiving their reward.

Matthew 6:16  “And when you fast,• do not wear a sad face as the hypocrites do. They make their faces look serious, so that people will realize that they are fasting. I am telling you the truth: They are receiving their reward.
17  Instead, when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face,
18  so that people will not realize that you are fasting. Your heavenly Father sees it in secret; He will repay you openly.”
19  “Do not store your treasures on the earth, where moths and rust destroy and where robbers dig through to steal.
20  Instead, store your treasures in heaven where moths and rust do not destroy and where robbers cannot dig through to steal.
21  The place where your treasure is will also be the place where your heart is.”
22  “Your eye is like a lamp for the body. If your eye can see clearly, then the whole body is made bright.
23  But if your eye is dark with sin, then your whole body is made dark. If the light in you becomes dark, how great is that darkness!”
24  “No one can serve two masters at the same time. He will either like one and not like the other or he will be more loyal to one and not care about the other. You cannot serve God and Money at the same time.
25  Because of this, I am telling you, you should not worry about what you will eat• to stay alive. Don’t worry about what clothes you will wear. Living is more important than eating, and the body is more important than clothes.
26  Look at the wild birds of the sky. Birds do not plant seeds or harvest them or gather them into barns, but your heavenly Father takes care of them. Are you not worth so much more than birds? Of course!
27  None of you can grow 18 inches taller by worrying about it.
28  And why worry about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work hard or make threads for clothes.
29  I tell you, even Solomon, with all his beautiful clothes, was not dressed as well as one of these flowers.
30  Look how well God clothes the grass in the fields! But the grass is here today and thrown into the oven tomorrow to be burned. Will not God dress you so much better? Oh, you have so little faith!
31  “So, don’t worry, thinking to yourself, `What will we eat?´ or, `What will we drink?´ or, `What will we wear?´
32  People without God put all these things first. Your heavenly Father knows you need all these things.
33  So, put first God’s kingdom and what is right. Then all the things you need will be given to you.
34  Don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will have its own worries. There is enough trouble in just one day.”
Matthew 7:1  “Don’t pass judgment on others. Then you won’t be condemned.
2  You will be judged by the standard which you use to judge others. You will be measured by the measure you use to measure others.
3  Why do you see the small speck which is in your brother’s eye, but you don’t notice the wooden pole which is in your own eye?
4  Or, how can you say this to your brother: `Let me take that little speck out of your eye!´? When, look, there is a wooden pole in your own eye!
5  You are a hypocrite!• First, take the pole out of your own eye. Then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
6  “Don’t give what is holy to dogs. Don’t throw your pearls in front of pigs. They might walk on them, then turn and attack you!”
7  “So, I tell you, continue asking, and it will be given to you. Keep on searching and you will find. Be knocking, and the door will open for you.
8  You will receive, if you will always ask. You will find, if you continue looking. And the door will open for you, if you continue knocking.
9  Do any of you have a son? What would you do if your son asked you for bread? Would you give him a rock? No, of course not!
10  What if he asked you for a fish? Would you give him a snake? No!
11  Therefore, you are evil people, and yet you know how to give good gifts to your children. Surely your heavenly Father knows how to give good things to those people who ask Him.
12  “Do for other people all the things which you want them to do for you. This is the meaning of the law and the prophets.”
13  “Go through the narrow door which leads to eternal life. The door is wide and the road is broad which leads to destruction. Many people are entering through it.
14  The door is small which leads to life and the road is narrow. Only a few people are finding it.”
15  “Be careful of false prophets. They come to you wearing clothes to make them look like sheep, but they are actually fierce wolves.
16  They can be recognized by the things they produce. Do people get grapes from thorn bushes? Do they gather figs from thorny weeds?
17  So, every tree which is a good tree produces good fruit. But a rotten tree produces bad fruit.
18  It is not possible for a good tree to yield bad fruit. A rotten tree cannot yield good fruit.
19  Every tree which does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into fire.
20  Therefore, you can recognize them by what they produce.”
21  “Not everyone who says to me, `Lord! Lord!´ will enter the kingdom of heaven. Only the person who does what my heavenly Father wants will enter it.
22  On that Day many people will say this to me: `Lord! Lord! Isn’t it true that we have prophesied, using your name? We threw out demons with your name. And, by your name, we performed many miracles.´
Matthew 7:23  But then I will say this openly to them: `You people who are doing wrong, go away from me, because I never knew you!´”
24  “Every person who listens to my words and obeys them is like a wise man who built his house upon rock.
25  It rained and the river overflowed. The winds blew hard against that house, but the house did not fall, because it was founded upon rock!
26  However, every person who listens to my words and does not obey them is like a foolish man; he built his house upon sand.
27  The rain came down and the river overflowed. The winds blew hard against that house and it fell down. It was a terrible fall!”
28  And when Jesus finished saying these things, the crowds were greatly amazed at his teaching.
29  Jesus was teaching them as one having authority, not like the teachers of the law.