👉 The seed of adultery is looking with lustful intent.
The seed of murder is anger. We read that in this chapter as well. What we see is that the actions (murder and adultery) are simply the fruit of what we have nurtured in our hearts and minds (anger and lust).
It is vital that we guard our hearts and minds. Garbage in – garbage out. Gospel in – gospel out.
👉 Ruthlessly eliminate things from your life that cause you to sin.
Because Jesus has just taught on the origin of many sinful behaviors – he commands them to be brutal in the removal of sinful influences.
- tear it out
- cut it off
- throw it away
It’s that important.
👉 Let your “yes” be “yes” and your “no” be “no.”
Say what you mean and mean what you say. Just be a person of your word. “No” is a complete sentence. 😊
- love your enemies
- pray for those who persecute you
- do not seek to retaliate
- turn the other cheek (the goal being to not escalate the situation)
You are so loved.