Matthew 5:21-22 “You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, ‘You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raqa,’ will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna.

“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, ‘You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.'  But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raqa,’ will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You … Continue reading Matthew 5:21-22 “You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, ‘You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raqa,’ will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna.

Matthew 5:11-12, “Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Matthew 5:12-13 "Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you." It's not easy being a faithful obedient Christian these days.  … Continue reading Matthew 5:11-12, “Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Matthew 5:10 “Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 5:10 "Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." I got nothing today.  I really don't know how I could write anything to this one simple verse. But I did think of a few reflective questions for you to ponder. How do you define "doing … Continue reading Matthew 5:10 “Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Matthew 5:9 " Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God." It's not easy to be a good and faithful Christian these days.  Society is so set against Christian teaching and Christian living to the point that Christians are once again the outcasts, even persecuted   Even among our own loved ones. All … Continue reading Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.”

Matthew 5:8  " "Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God." We wash our hands, our face, our hair, our bodies, behind our ears but do we wash our hearts?  Obviously we really can't open ourselves up and scrub our heart and put it back.  Who are the clean or pure of … Continue reading Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.”

Matthew 5:7, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”

Matthew 5:7 "Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy." Who are we merciful to? Who are we not merciful to?  Why does it matter?  Obviously it matters because Jesus said so, here and in other places.  Our salvation is hinged on being merciful to others.  Jesus said in Matthew 6:15 right after … Continue reading Matthew 5:7, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”

Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.”

Matthew 5:6 "Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied." God calls us to know, love and serve Him.  He gives us this ability out of His infinite Love for us.  This ability is called free will.  The opposite of free will is not love, but rather would be … Continue reading Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.”