Your Thought Life Counts

In the evolution of this social media age we are bombarded mentally and visually like never before. Media uses sex appeal to sell everything from cars to breath mints. The internet gives easy access to things that should not be seen, which means that we need to protect ourselves. In our passage for this week, Matthew 5:21-30, Jesus confronts two areas that are definite issues for our Righteous walk: anger and lust.

It is necessary, then, to examine our lives and clearly understand what it means to live a righteous life. We should think and live righteously. Righteousness is more than a set of actions. It’s a mindset of character that affects our actions. Like love, it is an attribute of God. Think of righteousness as love in action.

Think of righteousness from the perspective of Galatians 5:22-24…

Galatians 5:22–24 (ESV)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

So, we can say that righteousness is a relational characteristic. Which brings us back to the law of love that Christ put forward in:

Matthew 22:35–40 (ESV)

35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

This Law stands for us today as believers. Loving God and loving people is the standard for the Christian life. Putting God first in everything and then the needs of people. However, this is a difficult task for us as people because of our sinful nature. In the next few passages Jesus is going to get the heart of some issues that affect our love for God and others. Our nature is the polar opposite of the things of God. Two issues that hinder our love for people…

Guard against anger and Guard against lust!

This really boils down to the fact that these things are a matters of the heart.

Big Idea: Where is your heart at?

Matthew 12:35–37 (ESV)

35 The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. 36 I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, 37 for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Tune in this Sunday or, if you cannot be here, the sermon will be posted next week on this website!

We are in this together!

Pastor Mike

3 Responses to “Your Thought Life Counts”

  1. Holly Bell says:

    Thanks Pastor Mike, Words of Wisdom.

  2. Deborah Glasscock says:

    Matthew 5:21-30
    21 ¶ “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’
    22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brotherfn will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hellfn of fire.
    23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you,
    24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
    25 Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison.
    26 Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.fn
    27 ¶ “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’
    28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
    29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.
    30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.

  3. Delores Hakala says:

    Blessings in Jesus Christ name amen for sharing this great truth from God’s word

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