To be a success in the Christian life, a person must have a good foundation. When the storms of life come, you must depend upon God’s Word. Many Bible scholars believe this portion of the Scripture is equal to Matthew 5–7, known as The Sermon on the Mount. Perhaps we could say there are three types of Christians: (1) successful Christians with a good foundation, (2) carnal Christians with a shaky foundation, and (3) backsliding Christian with no foundatin.
I. DIVINE ATTITUDES—Luke 6:20–26
1. The poor—v. 20. Hungry for spiritual things.
2. The promise—v. 21. Satisfied, or being filled with joy.
3. The persecution—v. 22. Compare this with 2 Timothy 3:12 and Matthew 5:10–12. Also see Romans 8:18.
4. The prophets—v. 23. The prophets suffered much. See Hebrews 11:33–40.
5. The plight—vv. 24–25. Sorrow for the rich—they have material gain but no spiritual gain.
6. The problem—v. 26. You cannot please all people. When you live right, your life will disturb other people.
II. DIVINE AFFECTION—vv. 27–36
1. Patient with enemies—v. 27. Note two things: love your enemies and be good to them.
2. Pray for your enemies—v. 28. Praise them. This will require divine love (1 Cor. 13:4–7).
3. Peace with enemies—vv. 29–36. Accept persecution. Give up things, if it will bring peace. Treat others as you want to be treated. Give of yourself and possessions. Live differently from the non-Christian.
III. DIVINE EFFECT—vv. 37–45
1. Practice—vv. 37–38. Don’t judge others. Be forgiving. Give, and God will give to you.
2. Parable—v. 39. Can an undedicated person lead a sinner to Christ? Of course not. You must be dedicated to the Lord to be effective.
3. Perfection—v. 40. Choose Christ as your Master. Don’t listen to false teachers.
4. Patience—vv. 41–42. It is wrong to judge others (see Matt. 7:1–5).
5. Practical—vv. 43–45. A Christian is known by his actions. Out of the heart the mouth speaks.
IV. DIVINE ATTENTION—Luke 6:46–49
1. Fakery—v. 46. If we call Him “Lord,” then we must obey Him. The word “Lord” means that He is our boss—He controls us!
2. Faithfulness—v. 47. Those who hear Him and follow Him are like the man who built his house upon the rock—Nothing could destroy it!
3. Failure—v. 48–49. Hearing and not doing is like a man who built his house with no good foundation. Storms easily destroy it.
Have a good foundation—build upon God’s Word. Read and practice the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5–7). Believe it. Let it become a part of your life. A Christian will follow the Ten Commandments (Exod. 20:1–17; compare with Matt. 5–7). If we cannot follow these simple rules, then we will not make it to heaven!