Devotionals

25 Mar Matthew 5:43-45

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for...

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24 Mar Matthew 5:41-42

41 Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you. The third word picture is of a disciple of Jesus, who in spite of the...

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23 Mar Matthew 5:40

40 If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. The next word picture is of a disciple of Jesus giving up not only what an enemy may “claim” to be theirs but providing additional provision as well. When someone...

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22 Mar Matthew 5:39

39 But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. Jesus provides several “word pictures” to help His followers understand an entirely new perspective relative to those who may oppose us....

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21 Mar Matthew 5:38

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ The next area Jesus addresses is known as “the law of retaliation.” What was the prevailing teaching and practice in Jesus’ day relative to retaliation for a wrong...

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19 Mar James 5:12

12 But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath; but your yes is to be yes, and your no, no, so that you may not fall under judgment. James summarizes Jesus’ teaching on oaths in Matthew...

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18 Mar Matthew 5:37

 37 But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil. Jesus says His True Disciples should “make no oath at all” (verse 34); rather, they should let their life, marked by clear and consistent commitment, be sufficient to back up...

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17 Mar Matthew 5:36

36 Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. The final type of oath was “by your head.” Though Jesus noted a person is unable to control even the slightest details in their lives/bodies, it was common...

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16 Mar Matthew 5:35

35 or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. The next two types of oaths were “by the earth” and “by Jerusalem.” Again, people would avoid keeping their commitments because they...

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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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