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Matthew 5:20

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For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:20
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    • Scribes and Pharisees were righteous and people of the law. Jesus asks for more – for the compassion that sees beyond the law and people’s weaknesses to the glory and love of God in each and all.
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    • Unlike the Pharisees, we must “walk the walk” rather than just “talk the talk”. Jesus warns us not to condemn others while expecting forgiveness for ourselves.
    • Arrogance and old grudges are to be replaced by humility and love. Reconciliation must be a top priority in the family of God’s people, or else the Christian community will be no different from the world at large.
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    • Jesus, you set me very high standards of conduct! You want my relationships to mirror those of God. Not only is murder forbidden me, but even angry thoughts and insults. Purify my wayward heart of all that is unworthy of a child of God.
    • Reconciliation must be a first priority among the People of God. God will always be on my side when I try to mend a quarrel. The Kingdom of God is based on good relationships. Am I known as a peace-maker who takes the first step when a quarrel occurs?
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    • The listeners knew their Bible and the law of Moses. Jesus does not so much contradict it as make it deeper and more interior. The roots of the act of killing are in the angry hatred in the killer's heart. Tackle the evil there.
    • Does that mean that I must repress and deny all anger? You might as well deny feeling hot in the Sahara. The feeling is innocent; there are times when anger sweeps over me and has to be acknowledged. The evil arises when I act out my anger by bad-mouthing or injuring my neighbour, and when I give way to hatred.
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    • The listeners knew their Bible and the law of Moses. Jesus does not so much contradict it as make it deeper and more interior. The roots of the act of killing are in the angry hatred in the killer's heart. Tackle the evil there.
    • Does that mean that I must repress and deny all anger? You might as well deny feeling hot in the Sahara. The feeling is innocent; there are times when anger sweeps over me and has to be acknowledged. The evil arises when I act out my anger by bad-mouthing or injuring my neighbour, and when I give way to hatred.
    • Lord, I come before your altar. Help me to work on the seeds of hatred in my heart. You tell me that there can be no true worship of God without justice.
    • Jesus is suspicious of any attitude that creates division or superiority. When I see people who are looked down on, I pray with compassion as I realise my own sinfulness; when I see division in the world, I consider that I am not always an instrument of harmony.
    • Any distance I imagine between me and God arises from my hesitation. God waits for me to put any impediments aside, dreaming of closeness with me.
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    • The listeners knew their Bible and the law of Moses. Jesus does not so much contradict it as make it deeper and more interior. The roots of the act of killing are in the angry hatred in the killer's heart. Tackle the evil there.
    • Does that mean that I must repress and deny all anger? You might as well deny feeling hot in the Sahara. The feeling is innocent; there are times when anger sweeps over me and has to be acknowledged. The evil arises when I act out my anger by bad-mouthing or injuring my neighbour, and when I give way to hatred.
    • Lord, I come before your altar. Help me to work on the seeds of hatred in my heart. You tell me that there can be no true worship of God without justice.
    • Jesus is suspicious of any attitude that creates division or superiority. When I see people who are looked down on, I pray with compassion as I realise my own sinfulness; when I see division in the world, I consider that I am not always an instrument of harmony.
    • Any distance I imagine between me and God arises from my hesitation. God waits for me to put any impediments aside, dreaming of closeness with me.
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    • Scribes and Pharisees were righteous and people of the law. Jesus asks for more – for the compassion that sees beyond the law and people’s weaknesses to the glory and love of God in each and all.