Matthew 5 Part 3–Attitude is Everything

During Jesus time, the Jewish leaders transformed the ten commandments into some 600+ separate rules and regulations. The attempt was to close every possible Loophole a sinner might use to avoid holiness, however, the practical result was to make life miserable for those in the faith and have little or no impact upon the real problem—man’s sinful nature.

 Jesus, in his sermon cut to the chase—no matter the actions. If your heart is full of sinful attitudes, then you are guilty. In the church, we live these lives that often look really good on the outside. But on the inside we are full of sinful, miserable attitudes. We travel around defeated and dejected feeling like losers and also feeling alone. The Lord says, work on your heart attitudes. Purify your heart and thoughts and the actions will not be a concern. Jesus was able to boil the entire law down to 2 principles…Love God with all your heart, mind soul and strength and love your neighbors as yourself—both principles require the right heart and attitude—neither are done b a checklist of rules. 

Help me, Lord to have the right heart to serve and follow you.
God Bless You
21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder,[a] and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister[b][c] will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’[d] is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
25 “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.
27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’[e] 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.
31 “It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’[f] 32 But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
33 “Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’ 34 But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. 36 And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. 37 All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.[g]

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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