Devotionals

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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03 Mar Matthew 5:25

25 Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way, so that your opponent may not hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. Jesus then speaks to the person...

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02 Mar Matthew 5:23-24

23 Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering. Jesus first speaks to the person who was on...

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01 Mar Matthew 5:22

22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell. Jesus tells His...

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29 Feb Matthew 5:21

21 “You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not commit murder’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’ After establishing the foundations of the permanence, pertinence and purposes of God’s Word, Jesus begins conveying a more complete understanding of six key areas.  Read...

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27 Feb Matthew 5:20

20 “For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. This statement from Jesus, on the surface, seems like an unreasonable expectation for His followers.  On closer examination, Jesus is calling His...

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26 Feb Matthew 5:19

19 Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches [a]others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever [b]keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus makes it clear there are...

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25 Feb Luke 16:17

17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one [a]stroke of a letter of the Law to fail. In response to the scoffing of the Pharisees, Luke records Jesus’ response, again emphasizing the timeless truth and unchanging nature of God’s Word.  How...

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