Week 35   Day 3

 

  

            when people are asked what they believe 

            a typical response is 

                        the golden rule 

                                    and 

                        the sermon on the mount 

 

                        yet portions of the sermon on the mount 

                        are disconcerting 

                        because they point us in ways 

                        that interfere with what we want to do 

 

            in many conflicts 

            verbal or militaristic 

                        the response of the combatants to each other 

                        is characterized by the three r's 

                                    retaliation 

                                    retribution 

                                    revenge 

 

            but Jesus said there is a better way 

            and that is to

                        love your enemies 

                        do good to those who hate you 

                        bless those who curse you 

                        pray for those who abuse you 

 

                        Jesus has a different way 

                        for dealing with conflicts 

                        and it is characterized by

                        a different set of three r's

 

                                    redemption 

                                    restoration 

                                    reconciliation 

 

                                                                        ----rus

 


 

                             THAT'S WHAT THE MAN SAID
About forgiveness, money, faith, choices and smart building.

                                           Matthew 5, 6 & 7

 

    44"Bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you,

45be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on

the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust.

    9"In this manner pray:  Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your

name.  10Your kingdom come.  Your will be done on earth as it

is in heaven.  11Give us this day our daily bread.  12And forgive

us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  13Do not lead us into

temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.  For Thine is the

kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen.

    14"If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father

will also forgive you.  15 If you do not forgive, neither will your
Father forgive your trespasses.

    19"Do not lay up treasures on earth, where moth and rust

destroy and thieves break in and steal; 20but lay up treasures in

heaven.  21Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

    25"Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what

you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on.  Is

not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

    33"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,

and all these things shall be added to you.  34Therefore do not

worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will worry about its own

things.  Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

    1"Judge not, that you be not judged.  2With what judgment

you judge, you will be judged.  3Why do you look at the speck in

your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 

5First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will

see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.

    7"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; 

knock, and it will be opened to you.  8Everyone who asks receives,

he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 

    13"Enter by the narrow gate.  Wide is the gate and broad is the
way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in
by it. 
14Narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which
leads to life,
and there are few who find it.

    21"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the

kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father.

    24"Whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will

liken to a wise man who built his house on the rock.  25The rain

descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on

that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock."
                This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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