But I say to you -” (Matthew 5:21-48)
Then Jesus explains the truth, what God thinks about relationships. Religion, culture and tradition shape how we think and behave. Believing what Jesus has to say changes how we think and behave. On this mount of blessings, He taught that we might be blessed. He did not come to condemn but to save us from ourselves.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery’; 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. Now if your right eye is causing you to sin, tear it out and throw it away 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. And if your right hand is causing you to sin, cut it off and throw it away from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell.” (Matthew 5:27-30 NASB)
Jesus was talking to human beings that were not blessed with God, the Holy Spirit, dwelling in them. God was talking too them from the outside! That had to shake His hearers up, you know that had to be lookers. If their body was causing them an eternal problem, they were told to take the situation very seriously. Church, are you listening?
Some things are unexpected, like rolling up your passenger window to keep the buffalo out and your new husband rolling it back down from the driver’s side. I wouldn’t let it get her, but – A fun outing with my new family. A photo story called “Moving Along” #5