Matthew 5:17-20 Jesus, the Fulfilment of the Law

God's Written Law

God’s Written Law

Jesus’ whole life was about fulfilling God’s law. God set down His FIRST law, or commandments, in the Garden of Eden. When He placed Adam and Eve there He gave them explicit instructions. One of those instructions was, “You can eat from ANY tree in the garden, except that one”, and then He pointed to it so there would be NO misunderstanding. And we have been breaking God’s law ever since.

When Eve was talking to the serpent in the garden, were You watching the exchange? How I wish You would have cleared Your throat or something to distract her from that liar. Was this the first time she walked by that tree wondering what its fruit would taste like? If You would have intervened then, would she have found another opportunity and tried again? We seem to be drawn to do things that someone tells us “not” to do. “Don’t push that button”, “don’t you move from that spot”, or “don’t______ (insert any command you like, because you know you’ve done it too at some point).” Did that propensity come as a result of the fall? Read more »

Matthew 5:21-26 Jesus Addresses Anger and its Results

angry face

Not my best selfie

This one is NOT going to be fun today for me. I have been battling this issue in my life lately. Not “explosive kill someone” anger but a “slow boil” under the surface. More like festering frustration that never seems to really go away. I’m in the “stew pot” of stress.

Before I go any farther, I need to define a few terms. I’m doing this because when I looked at the helps from my bible their “anger” didn’t match up with what I think of as “anger.” I wanted to know what it really means. I also included two other words that describe MY condition.

Anger: a strong feeling of displeasure and belligerence aroused by a wrong; wrath; ire.

Frustration: a feeling of dissatisfaction, often accompanied by anxiety or depression, resulting from unfulfilled needs or unresolved problems.

Irritate: to excite to impatience or anger; annoy.

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Matthew 5:13-16 Salt and Light

Called to be Salt & LIght

Called to be Salt & LIght

Jesus continues His “sermon on the mount” with likening us to salt and light.

I did a little research this morning on salt losing its flavor. The majority of the sites I visited say that salt does not lose its flavor. These were all referencing table salt, NaCl. In an article from “Evidence for Christianity”, they addressed salt that is specific to the region Jesus lived in and its loss of flavor. I don’t know which type of salt Jesus was talking about in His message but I do know that salt can lose its usefulness.

It takes quite a bit for salt to become totally useless, especially since it can be used so many different ways. Uses for salt: Flavoring, preservative, melting ice, freezing ice cream in a churn, preventing plant growth, essential mineral for life, making play dough, as a cleaner, remove the sting from insect bites, medicinal soaking solution, extinguishing grease fires, dye fixative, pest control, a pre-shampoo to control dandruff, even as an art form.   Read more »

Matthew 5:9-12 Be Attitudes: Peace minded, Persecuted, and Reviled

Horns and halo

My good side won this round

We have arrived at the last three beatitudes.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God” (verse 9). A peacemaker sees both sides of a position or conflict as valuable. The peacemaker values the personal relationship more than individual points in an argument. He doesn’t seek agreement on every point, but strives to reconcile the two sides through peaceful compromise.

For a LONG time in my life (all the way into early adulthood and then some), the attitude of a peacemaker was foreign to me. I was stubborn and I had a temper. I also had an entitlement attitude that was bigger than I was. People were supposed to listen to MY needs and act in accordance with MY wishes, no matter what. When things didn’t go my way I would blow up. Not quite “Katie Kaboom” but certainly not pleasant either. Read more »

Matthew 5:6-8 Be Attitudes: Hungry, Merciful, and Pure

Me without Him

Me without Him

I have been trying to write this morning for several hours now, and everything I had put down felt so phony. I have been trying to analyze Jesus’ message instead of letting it speak to my heart. I’m tired of trying to expound on His message and bring “clarity” to it. I don’t have the answers and I don’t think I have been called to be the expert, so I’m going to stop trying to fill those shoes. I’m going to simply go with what each verse means to me.

I am NO example of the person to follow in living out these attitudes in daily life. I fall FAR short of the ideal. Please help me God to take one more step each day to be who You have desired me to be. Help me become more like You every day. Read more »