This “Oaths” teaching by Jesus on the sermon on the mount points out the sin in men, exposes the sin of this world and teaches us how holy God is. Trying to be reverent towards God, a person of integrity and avoid manipulation is impossible to do on our own. These things that Jesus is calling out on us are not to be dealt with and accomplished in our sinful nature. We are conceived into sin, all of us. Romans 3:10 makes it clear that no one is good or righteous, none seek God or understand. We have all turned aside and become completely worthless. No matter how hard we can try to follow Jesus’s example of true Christian living, we will never be able to on our own. By nature, we are sinful and therefore apart from Christ all we can do is please our sinful flesh. We are dead in our sin (Ephesians 2:1). We need to be made alive by the spirit of God that only he can give as he pleases (Ezekiel 36:26). “So, God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, that we may become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor 5:21). Those who are in Christ have the spirit of God who is the spirit of all truth living in them. It is through this spirit living in us that we can rightly and truly do these things that Jesus calls out on us. Our sinful nature can only please the flesh while those who are in Christ please God.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)
God promises to satisfy all those who desperately crave and long for justice and what is right to be carried out for them and for all those who have been denied it. When we hunger and thirst for the right thing to be done, God desires to satisfy that kind of hunger and quench that kind of thirst. (more…)
God waits patiently for us to come to our senses. No matter how or why you got lost, God’s love reaches out— and it is strong enough to break any generational, recurring brokenness. After looking at God’s story of the prodigal son, we see the heart our father in heaven has for every one of us that realize our need to be with Him. Notice: Even though the younger son had sinned against his father, he didn’t hold it against him because he was full of love. The older son didn’t listen to the father because he was full of bitterness. Remember that Bitterness robs joy but forgiveness grows joy!