Today you should read: Matthew 5:21-37
Jesus says “You have heard it said…” several different times in this chapter.
You have heard it said…
• Do not murder
• Do not commit adultery
• Do not divorce
• Do not lie
All commands to us given by God. However all of those sins start somewhere. Most people don’t just wake up and say I’m going to kill someone or “I think I’m going to have an affair or get a divorce. I’m sick of telling the truth and I’m just going to start lying.” Instead all of these sins start in the heart where the sin of anger leads to murder and the sin of lust leads to adultery. That’s why it’s just as important to deal with these matters of the heart as it is to deal with the sin that it produces. That’s why Jesus gives us these tough, tough commands in this passage where he compares these almost secret sins to the later extreme sins it can produce. It’s just the same He says. Although consequences can be different, it’s the same sin that sent Jesus to the cross. So what should learn from this? Sin starts somewhere. We should do our best to really evaluate our hearts to uproot the secret sins that lead to these so-called “bigger” sins. And although sin starts in the heart remember that it ends in the Cross. Jesus doesn’t just leave us on our own and although it feels like we must be “perfect” to obey these tough new commands Jesus gives like…
• Do not be angry
• Do not lust
• Do not commit adultery by unlawfully divorcing
• Let your yes be yes and your no be no
But you don’t have to be perfect to obey these new commands. Instead you must live for Jesus so that His perfect righteousness can reign in you. And the more you live in Him and strive to be holy in His commands, the more you can point others to that perfect Jesus.
By: Erik Koliser