It’s easy to be kind to friends and family. But what about people who are hard to be around? Or maybe the downtrodden that we don’t even know by name? What does Jesus command when it comes to people who need extra grace?
When Jesus tells us to love our enemies, what does He mean? Are we supposed to feel warm fuzzies toward someone who isn’t nice? It’s a tall order, taken straight from Matthew chapter 5.
One of the most memorable sayings in Jesus’ teachings is this command: “Love your enemies.” Let's discuss how difficult, and even complicated, this command can be. Do you have people in your life who openly criticize you?
Without picking up a dictionary, try to define the word “neighbor.” Or the word “enemy.” It’s not necessarily easy to describe the people we live with every day. Let's define our neighbors and our enemies from Jesus’ perspective.
Injustice is all around us, in big and small ways. Whether it’s a life-altering misunderstanding, or a simple unfounded insult, we deal with the unfairness of life on a regular basis. And Jesus addressed those realities when He preached the Sermon on the Mount!
Sometimes it’s difficult to think about being generous in our economy these days. But what does Jesus say about generosity in His most famous Sermon? Let's turn to Matthew chapter 5 for a lesson in living a lifestyle of generosity.
You’ll often hear people talking about “going the second mile.” It’s a reference we don’t even think about today, but Jesus taught that generosity characterizes a Christian!
When you run into a legal confrontation, how should you settle it? And, when there’s a dispute, how do you make peace? In Matthew chapter 5, search for answers in the Sermon on the Mount.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells His followers to “turn the other cheek.” But does this mean that Christians are weak?
As children, we sang about “sticks and stones,” but as adults, we’re well aware of the pain of words, as well! So, how should Christians respond to the sting from an angry comment or a public insult?
Strike up a conversation with a neighbor or co-worker and you’ll find that many people think of Jesus as a “good teacher.” Let's take up one of Jesus’ teachings that isn’t so easy to swallow.
Ask any parent of small children and they’ll tell you how kids are prone to compromise. Sometimes it’s telling a half-truth or hiding a stolen treasure in their pocket. But what’s true of little ones doesn’t necessarily disappear when we grow up! Join us for a lesson in honesty and integrity.
Read through the New Testament and it’s obvious that the culture Jesus engaged is vastly different from our own. But though the speech and customs have changed, the call to integrity and honesty in all things hasn’t.