IT'S WHAT'S INSIDE THAT COUNTS
When Jesus concluded the Sermon on the Mount, the Bible says: "The
people were amazed at the way He taught." (Matthew 7:28 TEV). "Wow,"
they were saying, "we never heard anyone talk like that before." Why
were they amazed? What was so different about His teaching? Of course,
the obvious thing is that He wasn't like any other teacher anyone has ever
heard. Other teachers can only quote authorities. He is the authority.
The rest of us must say: "Thus saith the LaV/or thus saith the Lord,"
but He could say: "You have heard... but I say unto you."
There is another fantastic difference in the way He taught. Other
teachers admonish us to change what we do. Jesus ehalluiiges us to change
what we are. Actions are nothing more than symptoms of attitudes. What
we do only shows what we are. Jesus came, not just to tell us we ought to
do different things. He came so that we can become different people. Who
has ever been changed more than the Apostle Paul? In II Corinthians 5:17,
he testifies: "When anyone is joined to Christ he is a new being; the old
has gone, the new has come." (II Corinthians 5:17 TEV).
Remember how the scripture in Proverbs said: "As a man thinketh in
his heart, so is he." ? (Proverbs 23:7 KJV). Do you catch the thrust of
that? We become what we think. With that in mind, listen to the Scripture
lesson today. It's found in the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5:21-26. I'm
reading from the Good News Bible, the Today's English Version. "You have
heard that men were told in the past, 'Do not murder; anyone who ^ommits
murder; will be brought before the judge.' But now I tell you: whoever is
angry with his brother will be brought before the judge; whoever calls his
brother 'You good-for-nothing!' will be brought before the Council;
and whoever calls his brother a worthless fool will be in danger of
going to the fire of hell. So if you are about to offer your gift to
God at the altar and ...
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