Sometimes when I’m reading Jesus’ teachings from the sermon on the mount, I get overwhelmed by all that he is asking of us. Command after command, rule after rule. It can feel like a lot. I’m still working on “love one another”, let alone anything else.
But Jesus isn’t just wagging his finger at us. Eh, maybe a little, we kinda need it. But if you look for it, you can see his heart behind his words. Today when you read these passages, identify how he’s loving us in his teachings and notice how he’s shaping his kingdom.
He warns us against loving money, because we’ll be clobbered by greed. He tells us not to worry about earthly possessions; they don’t last and he offers us something eternal. He steers us from revenge, from anxiety, from divorce and from hatred. He points us towards forgiveness, generosity, peace and prayer.
After a weekend full of heartbreaking news from the media, I find myself leaning into these words:
“Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.”
“God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
Which of Jesus’ words jumped out to you in these chapters?