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Attitude of the Righteous

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Matthew 5:21-22
You have heard that the ancients were told, 'You shall not commit murder' and 'Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.' 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.
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Jesus took His disciples up that mount to teach them, to train them in righteousness so they would be ready to go out and follow in His steps! And He takes everything they thought they knew up a notch, to take them higher. Over and over He said to them 'you have heard it said, but I say to you' and brings new spiritual clarity into their (and our) lives.

Many people believe that He did away with the Law, strict as it was, to make it easier, but that could not be farther from the truth! In today's verse Jesus says that in the eyes of God being angry is the same as committing the act of murder! He specifically said “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.” {Mat.5:17} So we see over and over that the Father's desire, the goal of our instruction, is love, just as Paul would later write to his son in the faith, Timothy. {1Tim.1-5}

Hate becomes murder, looking at a woman with lust becomes the act of adultery, we are to 'turn the other cheek rather than to seek revenge, to go the extra mile. Rather than to just love our neighbor, we must now also pray for (for, not against) and love our enemies. We are to do our giving in secret rather than to be seen, and likewise in our praying and if we fast, we must not do it to be seen by men but to be heard and seen by the Lord God!

Righteousness is after all not about our relationship with
men—that is religion {Jas.1:27}—but about our relationship with God through His Son Jesus and powered by the Holy Spirit! All of our good works are in fact, not our good works but rather God at work in us for His good pleasure! {Php.2:13}

“For through the Law I died to the Law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” (Galatians 2:19-20)

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