Jesus teaches us two simple truths. Revere the name of God and always tell the truth!
The fabric that has made America so strong for these many years is the Christian Family. But when that unit is weakened or broken apart, society no longer has a moral compass or example to guide it.
The answer to any tension we have is not found in politics. The answer is the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus closes this lesson with a warning that, if we do not resolve the sin of anger in ourselves, we will have to deal with the consequences. God will not intervene to "fix" the mess we have made when our own anger is the cause.
If any man feels he has the call to preach, he should humbly and earnestly seek the Lord's help to diligently study the word of God and not men's doctrines.
Our own righteousness is no better than that of the Scribes and Pharisees. We need something much greater to justify us before a Holy God.
We will have the blessing of heaven because Jesus DID live the perfect life. Jesus DID fulfill the law. We will live in glory because the righteous life of Jesus will be counted to us!
God has designed it so that when we do a good thing, the glory He receives is magnified.
There are two fundamental reasons we worship God publicly in church. Number one - He told us to! That ought be enough but we have another reason. Since God has been so good to us we ought to come before Him with praise and thanksgiving.
We do not have to slavishly seek to please God by our will or works. We can, with great liberty, live our live in thankful righteousness.