Matthew

The narrow and wide gates – what the Bible tells us about bad behavior and the higher standard applied to Christians (Matthew 7:13 – 7:14)

Nearing the close of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told his followers: “Enter through the narrow gate for wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction with many entering through it. But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to…
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Ask, seek, knock – Jesus tells us to pray persistently because God wants to bless us (Matthew 7:7 – 7:12)

During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told his followers: “Ask and it will be given to you. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened to you, for anyone who asks will receive, the one who seeks finds, and the door will be opened to…
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Do not judge or you will too be judged (Matthew 7:1 – 7:6)- what Jesus tells us about “playing God”

As Jesus was reaching the end of his Sermon on the Mount lessons, he told his followers: “Do not judge others or you too will be judged. In the same way you judge others, you will be judged using the same measure. Why do you point out a speck of…
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Jesus teaches his followers to not worry (Matthew 6:25 – 6:34) – what the Bible says about worrying

After instructing his followers to “store treasures in heaven”, Jesus told his disciples, “Do not worry about what you will eat and drink or about what you will wear. Life is more than food and water and your body is more than just clothes. Look at the birds in the…
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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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