Matthew

Storing up treasures in heaven (not attempting to serve two masters) (Matthew 6:19 – 6:24)

During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told his followers, “Do not store your treasures on earth where mice and moths can destroy them and where thieves may break in and steal them. Instead, store your treasures in heaven where mice and moths cannot destroy and where thieves cannot break…
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Jesus teaches his followers how to fast (Matthew 6:16 – 6:18)

Jesus told his followers, “When you fast, do not look gloomy as the hypocrites do, for they twist their faces to show others that they are fasting and uncomfortable. Truly I tell you, they have already received their reward in full.” Jesus instructed his followers to put oil on their…
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Prayer – Jesus teaches us how to pray effectively (Matthew 6:5 – 6:15)

During the Sermon on the Mount, continuing his lesson regarding hypocrisy, Jesus instructed his followers on the proper way to pray. He told them: “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites who pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners in order to be seen by…
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Eye for eye, tooth for tooth – turning the other cheek (Matthew 5:38-5:42)

Continuing the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said: You have heard it said, ‘An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth’ but I tell you, do not resist attacks from an evil person. If someone slaps you on the right check, turn to them the other cheek also.…
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Oaths and promises- embellishing broken promises with religious lace (Matthew 5:33-5:37)

Continuing the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told his disciples and followers: “You have heard it said, ‘Do not break your oaths. Fulfill before God all vows you have made.’ But I tell you, when making promises, do not swear an oath at all. You do not make your words…
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Divorce and adultery (from the Sermon on the Mount) (Matthew 5:31-5:32)

Continuing his Sermon on the Mount lesson, Jesus told his disciples and followers: “It has been said that anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce (an ancient legal custom referred to as a “writing of divorcement”). But I say that anyone who divorces his wife…
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Adultery and lust (from the Sermon on the Mount) – thoughts and actions constitute sin (Matthew 5:27 – 5:30)

Continuing his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told his followers: “You have heard it said that you should not commit adultery. But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman with lust has committed adultery with her in his heart. Therefore, if your right eye causes you to…
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More than murder – anger, forgiveness, and reconciliation (from the Sermon on the Mount) (Matthew 5:21 – 5:26)

Continuing his Sermon the Mount, Jesus told those listening: “You have heard it said that “You shall not murder” and that anyone who murders will be judged accordingly. But I say that even someone who is angry with another person will be subject to judgment. Even someone who calls another…
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