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Lesson 19

Those who enter the Kingdom of God must follow the laws governing our physical actions. Expanding on them, Jesus included our motives and thoughts, to make them the laws of love. Jesus only offers two options for people, they either make it into the Kingdom of God or they don’t. Driving the point of human selfishness and cold heartedness home, he said it would be better to be physically maimed than not enter the Kingdom. Jesus brings his teaching into basic family life like nobody else had. How did Jesus expanding the laws change them? In order to keep the laws, what has to change within a person’s life? Did Jesus change, or clarify the laws from what God had always wanted? Can you find Old Testament verses that describe God desiring more than the physical appearance of obedience? What is more important to God, sacrifices made to him at the correct time, or our relationships? How quick are you to make peace with others? In what areas of your life do you think God would like you to improve? How can you work on improving yourself? What is your plan to start? What is hindering your progress? How do you remain motivated?

Matthew 5:20-32 Easy-to-Read Version
21 “You have heard that it was said to our people long ago, ‘You must not murder anyone. Any person who commits murder will be judged.’ 22 But I tell you, don’t be angry with anyone. If you are angry with others, you will be judged. And if you insult someone, you will be judged by the high court. And if you call someone a fool, you will be in danger of the fire of hell. 23 “So, what if you are offering your gift at the altar and remember that someone has something against you? 24 Leave your gift there and go make peace with that person. Then come and offer your gift. 25 “If anyone wants to take you to court, make friends with them quickly. Try to do that before you get to the court. If you don’t, they might hand you over to the judge. And the judge will hand you over to a guard, who will throw you into jail. 26 I assure you that you will not leave there until you have paid everything you owe. 27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You must not commit adultery.’ 28 But I tell you that if a man looks at a woman and wants to sin sexually with her, he has already committed that sin with her in his mind. 29 If your right eye makes you sin, take it out and throw it away. It is better to lose one part of your body than to have your whole body thrown into hell. 30 If your right hand makes you sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell. 31 “It was also said, ‘Any man who divorces his wife must give her a written notice of divorce.’ 32 But I tell you that any man who divorces his wife, except for the problem of sexual sin, is causing his wife to be guilty of adultery. And whoever marries a divorced woman is guilty of adultery.

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