The good life starts with Jesus. (relationship)
The good life is about living like Jesus did. (example)
The good life is about putting into practice what you believe. (practical)
1) Peace is the framework for practice. (Matt 5:9)
2) We will stand out, not be understood, and face challenges. (Matt 5:10-12)
a. Jesus isn’t asking for something He hasn’t first done.
b. There is good that comes from hardship.
Matthew 5:9-12 New International Version (NIV)
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.