Matthew

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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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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