Gets out from the rock I crawled under from last time’s post. Some pretty heavy stuff, but Jesus preaches righteousness and purity. His teachings are not always going to be easy to hear, but they are always worth His glory and our edification.
Today’s Reading: Matthew 5:31-48, Luke 6:27-36
Marriage Is Sacred & Oaths Are Forbidden
Jesus teaches that though the law of old said if a man divorces his wife to give her a certificate of divorce. He warns should the divorce happen, unless it was because of sexual immorality, it causes her to commit adultery. He says if a man marries a divorced woman he commits adultery.
Jesus then speaks of the old law if one is to swear, they should not swear falsely, but perform their oaths (a vow or promise) to the Lord. However, again He adds further clarification. No one should swear at all, not by heaven, not by earth, not by Jerusalem, and not on ourselves because we have no power ultimately, only the Lord does. Meaning an oath speaks of something not done yet because we do not have control of the future we are not certain we could keep our oath, even if we tried. Only the Lord has this power.
Jesus does say to be sincere with our yes and no.
Go The Second Mile
Totally an area I struggle with.
Jesus teaches that in the old law it was an eye for an eye. But He says to bear burdens and hardship. If people hurt us or steal from us. If they take up our time. Give to those who ask. Please understand, though, He is not saying for us to be a doormat and enable people’s ill behavior. Enabling people is not Christlike either. But there are times people will take advantage of us and Christ wants us to go beyond. Showing kindness, love, and not seeking revenge, even when people hurt us. Remember, again, we will be forgiven as we forgive!
The book of Luke includes this portion of going the second mile when discussing how to love our enemies. Luke 6:29-30
Love Your Enemies
Matthew 5:43-48, Luke 6:27-36
Jesus continues teaching from the old law. It was said to love our neighbor and hate our enemy. Christ says to love our enemy and bless those who curse us, to do good for those who hate us, to pray for those who spitefully use and persecute us. (Matt. 5:44)
When we show genuine loving-kindness toward our enemies it makes us sons of God. We have the reminder that the sun rises on the evil and good. The rain falls on the just and the unjust. It’s easy to love those who love us. Sinners do the same! We are to love everyone and show kindness, just like God does.
The book of Luke has some extra things to add. It is here we have the “golden rule” do unto others as we would like to be treated. We are further told when we give not to expect to receive anything back, in fact, we are told to HOPE FOR NOTHING BEING RETURNED! Great is our reward! We are to be merciful, just like our Father in heaven is.
What To Take Away: In order to love and forgive like Jesus, we must have the right walk with Christ. Otherwise, when people hurt us and take advantage of us we will absolutely struggle with our flesh. It’s hard not to desire revenge or harm on a person, but God doesn’t want us to go to Hell when we sin, though we are deserving. It isn’t fair that we desire hurt or even Hell itself on another person. God will hold us accountable to our thoughts and what we harbor in our hearts, and yes, it could put us in Hell!
Worship Song: By Our Love by King & Country
Message To Grow From: Christians! Can We Give New Believers Some Grace Please?! by Melissa Dougherty
Is there anything you are harboring in your heart that you need to give to Jesus?
Monthly Scripture- (NKJ) Psalm 85:02, “You have forgiven the iniquity of Your people; You have covered all their sin. Selah.”
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