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Love your enemies – what Jesus tells us about loving others (from the Sermon on the Mount) (Matthew 5:43 – 5:48)

During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told the listeners: You have heard it said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy’ but I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you that you may be children of your Father in heaven. God causes the sun…
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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) – even secret thoughts and minor 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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Jesus and the fulfillment of Old Testament Law (from the Sermon on the Mount) (Matthew 5:17 – 5:20)

During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told listeners: “Do not misunderstand and think that I am here to abolish Old Testament laws or Prophets. I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. Until heaven and earth disappear altogether, not the smallest letter nor least stroke of…
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Salt and Light (from the Sermon on the Mount) (Matthew 5:13 – 5:16)

During the Sermon on the Mount, immediately after delivering the Beatitudes, Jesus began his ministry of “new law” – a different and expanded perspective of Old Testament teachings. He told those listening: “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its saltiness, it becomes useless, no longer…
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The Beatitudes (from the Sermon on the Mount) – Jesus summarizes expectations in eight attitudes) (Matthew 5:1 – 5:12)

Seeing the large crowds, Jesus moved to the side of a mountain and sat down. His disciples followed and gathered around him. Jesus began to teach them while the crowd listened. Popularly known as “The Sermon on the Mount”, he began with “The Beatitudes”, and said: Blessed are the poor…
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Jesus begins miraculous healing of the sick – news spreads thru region (Matthew 4:23 – 4:25)

Jesus travelled throughout Galilee, teaching in the synagogues, proclaiming the good news of love, hope, understanding, and repentance. Throughout his travels through Galilee, he healed people, curing them of all types of sickness and disease. News spread through Galilee about the miracles Jesus was performing and soon people from throughout…
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