I know that if we disobey God and not lead a life that he wants us to that we will end up in purgatory or maybe hell. We can be with God if we confess our sins and try to lead a good life. In chapter twenty-one it tells us that sin must be avoided. Everyone sins everyday but to try and avoid it you must not sin allot otherwise you will get in a bad habit and sin even more. But when we do sin we need to pray to God so that he can forgive us and to also go to confession so our soul isn't crowed with sin and also so that we can share in God's life in heaven.
Intention and action for the sake of others can only be one part of what makes a good person, one must also be in harmony with God’s will in order to attain grace. Jesus illustrates what such goodness looks like in his parable of giving to the poor, “ But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you” (Matthew, pg. 177). Reciprocity of action and intent for the sake of another is not in itself sufficient for goodness in Jesus’ eyes, according to him you must go beyond reciprocity and do things for their own sake in order to reach the favor of
Paul recognizes they have become social outcasts, no longer Gentiles; they are called to live differently now. Paul had forewarned t... ... middle of paper ... ...or non-violence; do not repay evil with evil, do good to all. He exhorts the people to rejoice, pray, and give thanks, as this is the will of God. “Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the word of prophets, but test everything, hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil.” (1 Thess.
Joy is based on our relationship to God and is not to be equated with happiness which is based on circumstances. The fruits of the spirit are developed in us as we become closer to Christ. Chaos and Peace, lies and truth, irritation and patience, are all opposites and signs we are either growing closer or further from our Master’s desire for us. Satan is predictable, he wishes to trip us up and use our weaknesses. First, he uses a specific pattern to do this in our lives, and one needs to be able to recognize it.
The kingdom lifestyle described in the Beatitudes requires a spirit of submission unto God. Jesus is teaching this understanding to identify the emptiness a person must have to be filled and made whole. Afterward, a person can begin to be a witness of the salt and light, which is Jesus Christ. The Gospel of John records Jesus Christ saying “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life (Jn. 8:32, NASB).
When one fully gives himself to God, but has not receive the Holy Spirit, he must just keep trusting God that His word is true and that He will do the work. Also one can expect temptation just like Jesus did. When the Holy Spirit comes, He does not leave quickly. When one seeks the Holy Spirit when He is already there, it grieves Him. One should be prayerfully watchful and seek to be an open channel instead of seeking for more power.3 Paul tells us to “fight the good fight of faith” (Tim.
At the end of Jesus’ sermon he stated, “Be perfect therefore just as your heavenly father is perfect.”(Matthew 5 verse 48). When Jesus stated to be perfect, Jesus did not mean to be some type of big time over achiever or to have a perfect patty attitude. The point Jesus was trying to make was to stop comparing yourself to others. When people decide to put themselves in competition with others or compare themselves to others that will lead them to a path of false sense of righteousness. Jesus wants us to learn a lesson from his “to be perfect” statement.
As members of the body of Christ and God’s representatives, we must stop working for our own causes and work for the kingdom. Our lives must reflect God’s grace and mercy. The best lesson we can learn is to acknowledge God in all of our plans. In the end, His plans will be realized, and He will protect us from ourselves. Finally, unless we humble ourselves and unite in the name of Jesus, we will live our lives plagued by confusion.
Creating a bias is basically cutting off all other views of the world, which is not what God is encouraging. This passage is an important part of Matthew, as it provides an explanation as to what people's motivations behind their actions should be. Striving to reach the Kingdom of God is what should be motivating people. People should not worry about what tomorrow will bring and start living life for what they have. Even people of biblical times need relief from the everyday hassles and have the time to commune with God and their faith.
By understanding the situation of the biblical audience, we know that the Galatian believers struggled to understand that salvation is not from the works of the law but of the works of Jesus. Next, we decipher the differences between those believers and us today. They were more threatened by the Mosaic law than we are. After this, we can determine the theological principle of the freedom in Christ and being led by His Spirit. Finally, we can apply this principle to our lives by knowing we are free from the law and from sin in Jesus and we desire to love and serve him because of His Spirit in