Devotionals

15 Mar Matthew 5:34

34 But I say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God… As Jesus begins to dig into the “spirit of the law” relative to oaths, He addresses four types of oaths that were common in His day....

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14 Mar Matthew 5:33

33 “Again, you have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not make false vows, but shall fulfill your vows to the Lord.’ Jesus next addresses the “letter of the law” relative to oaths. What did the “ancients” teach relative to oaths (see Leviticus 19:11-12)? While...

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12 Mar Mark 10:6-9

6 But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. 7 For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother, 8 and the two shall become one flesh; so they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 What therefore God has joined together,...

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11 Mar Matthew 5:32

32 but I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for the reason of unchastity, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. Jesus cut to the “heart” of the divorce topic and strongly taught that marriage is viewed by...

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10 Mar Matthew 5:31

31 “It was said, ‘Whoever sends his wife away, let him give her a certificate of divorce’… Divorce in Jesus’ day had become commonplace. Men were using the “certificate of divorce” to send away their wives for a myriad of reasons. While the religious elite (and many...

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09 Mar Matthew 5:29-30

29 If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 If your right hand makes...

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08 Mar Matthew 5:28

28 but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Jesus expanded the definition of adultery to include not only the outward act but the condition of the heart as well....

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07 Mar Matthew 5:27

27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery’… Jesus’ second example of “loving God with our hearts” relates to the matter of adultery. What was the command Jesus said “you have heard” (Exodus 20:14)? The religious teachers in Jesus’ time were only...

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05 Mar James 1:19-20

19 This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. James provides three timeless insights for avoiding conflicts…be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to get angry.  He goes on...

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04 Mar Matthew 5:26

26 Truly I say to you, you will not come out of there until you have paid up the last cent. Jesus walks His followers through the increasingly more costly consequences of unresolved conflict.  Are you willing to stand by and let a matter fester and grow to the...

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