“You have heard that our ancestors
were told, ‘You must not murder. If
you commit murder, you are subject
to judgment.’ But I say, if you are
even angry with someone, you are
subject to judgment! If you call
someone an idiot, you are in danger
of being brought before the court.
And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.” Matthew 5:21-22
As we start into the meat of the
Sermon we see Jesus telling us how
we are to live as Disciples of JesusChrist. The Beatitudes seems hard to follow but as we start this part of the Sermon we find that it can be almost impossible to be the disciple that Jesus Christ expects us to be. The following passage tells us about a radical kind of love. God loves us unconditionally, as we are and not as we should be. This is the love that we must have as His disciples. Why in the Sermon did Jesus talk about specifics? Why did He not just tell us to love our neighbors as our self? It is because we are all so lacking in
understanding of our best interests
and, consequently, those of other.
God informs and guides our love
with His moral instruction. As John
observes: “We know we love God’s
children if we love God and obey his commandments.” (1 John 5:2)
The Pharisees were always inclined tolower the moral and spiritual level of the law and increase the ceremonial demands. Jesus is showing us that the ceremonial part is not enough.
Jesus is telling us that we must not only refrain from the act of sin, we should also refrain from the thoughts of sin. Sin starts in our thoughts. It starts when we let our mind dwell on how our brothers
and sisters have caused us harm.
“Anyone who hates another brother
or sister is really a murderer at heart.
And you know that murderers don’t
have eternal life within them.” (1
“We know what real love is because
Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.” (1 John
Loving as Jesus loves us is how e are to love our brothers and