Monday, September 24, 2012

Sententious (Matthew 5:20)

Good morning all,

The word of the day is “sententious.”  We see a lot in the New Testament Jesus teaching people in a real and genuine way. Unlike the Pharisees, who were cynical of what Jesus was trying to accomplish, the Son carries on through the ridicule and mocking of his teachings.  During his teaching on the Beatitudes, he mentions that those who choose to follow him must seek to live a righteous life.  In fact, he says that one who plans on living with him in eternity must be more righteous than the most religious and smartest people of that day.

“For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.”
~Matt. 5:20

When we try to live a perfect life chances are we are going to fall very short.  Jesus knew this.  In this passage he reveals that even those who thought they were living a righteous life, such as the Pharisees and their sententious ways, would fall short of the entrance of God’s kingdom.  The only way to receive entrance is through a relationship with the Son. My question is:  Are you putting your trust in a relationship given to you by grace?  The Lord has called you not because you are perfect, but because he longs for a relationship with you.  My prayer is that each of you takes this week to ponder Jesus’ grace in your life.

Praying for you,


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