“Safety lies in the words that we hear from God”
We shall consider this series for some time, we would have love to start with the THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE PHARISEE that Jesus spoke about but we have discussed it on this blog which is UNDERSTANDING THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE SCRIBES AND PHARISEES AND EXCEEDING THEIR RIGHTEOUSNESS you can please read it. Thank you.
Let’s start by looking at what Jesus says on
“What people say does not really count but what Jesus is saying”
We must understand that we are to follow what the Lord Jesus is saying irrespective of our philosophy here in this world. For what Jesus says is what matters the most in our lives and when we live to do it, safety lies in it for us. So we see Jesus saying what people have said in the old times about being angry but this is what Jesus have to say.
Matthew 5:21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is ANGRY WITH HIS BROTHER WITHOUT A CAUSE SHALL BE IN DANGER OF THE JUDGMENT: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
Here we see the Lord saying if a brother is angry with another without a cause that such shall be in danger of judgement. This we must know that even as brethren offence will come between us
Luke 17:1 Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible BUT THAT OFFENCES WILL COME: but woe unto him, through whom they come!
But we must endure and not be angry with our brothers because judgement will come when we are angry with ourselves and this also should not allow the proceeds of angry words from our mouth by calling one another “vain fellow, or fool” which the Bible called “Raca” and Jesus said such shall be in danger of hell fire. This things are because it is not good to do such thing to one another, what should come out of our mouths should be words that edify and not to curse.
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Our words need to be seasoned with salt, you understand how to season a food, it makes it presentable and delicious such that people that eat it will bless us and that’s how our words should be, to be seasoned with salt.
Colossians 4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
- GIFT TO THE ALTAR
“Our gifts are nothing before God unless we settle in our minds the brother than offend us”
Matthew 5:23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;
5:24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
We need to understand that what Jesus is preaching in this text is to make us come to love one another truly and not be hypocrite that abhor offences in the heart and yet believes he can still worship God even with his offering. So what does Jesus have to say about this?
- When you come to the altar and you want to give a gift and you remember that a brother offend you go back and clear issues with the brother then come back and give your gift because that’s when your offering will become acceptable.
- God is more interested in our relationship with one another than our gifts because He is not hungry.
And the final part of this says to agree with our adversary quickly while in the way with him lest he bring us to a place of no rescue.
25 “When you are on the way to court with your adversary, settle your differences quickly. Otherwise, your accuser may hand you over to the judge, who will hand you over to an officer, and you will be thrown into prison.
26 And if that happens, you surely won’t be free again until you have paid the last penny. (NLT)
It’s clear that God is more concerned with our relationship even with ourselves and our enemies(we will discuss more on this when we get to LOVE YOUR ENEMIES) than our worship to Him, we will truly worship Him in spirit and in truth when we have no offences with one another. Jesus says to settle our differences before we are being brought to court and we may not be free. Let’s conclude by using this scripture
Romans 12:18 IF IT BE POSSIBLE, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
In the next series we shall look at what Jesus have to say about LUST. Stay blessed!