We enjoyed some delicious pie, apple cake and cheese and crackers while we finished Matthew Chapter 5. Here is a nutshell of our discussions of these passages.
Matthew 5:17-19 God’s law is eternal.
Matthew 5:20-26 Let it go! Don’t be angry with anyone. Anger is the beginning of breaking God’s commands. If we have offended someone else in any way, we should apologize, ask for forgiveness, and be reconciled. Then we can have a right relationship with God. Good advice: settle disputes out of court.
Matthew 5:27-32 Marriage is sacred to God. He wants marriage relationships to be good, pure, and forever.
Matthew 5:33-37 We should only say what we mean, and mean what we say.
Matthew 5:38-42 Although the law allows for retaliation, forgive instead. When the Roman soldier orders us to carry his armory for the allowed Roman mile, we should not just drop it after the mile is up. We should carry it one mile more. This will get his attention, and he will wonder why we are going an extra mile with him. What a great opportunity to share the love of Jesus! This pings back to Matthew 5:13-16, where Jesus says we are salt and light in this world. We should be salty and shine through love, forgiveness, generosity.
Matthew 5:43-48 This is the identifying feature of a child of God: love. We display our Christianity by love, forgiveness, and generosity for and to everyone, just like our Heavenly Father loves everyone.