Sermon on the Mount

Wednesday, April 5, 2006  3:20 a.m.

Dear Diary,

I’ve been studying the Sermon on the Mount. (Matthew 5:1-7:29). It is the Law; only, it is turning the act of sin into motives in one’s heart, even before that act is committed. So in reality, it makes the Law even harder. For example, under the Law one was guilty of adultery only by doing the act; whereas, under grace one is guilty of committing adultery just by looking upon a woman with a lustful mind.  “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” (Matthew 5:28). Grace transfers the sin from the overt act to the motives and thoughts of the heart and mind. Under the Law no one could be forgiven until they first forgave their enemies; whereas, under grace we are to forgive because we have been forgiven.  It all comes down to the heart.  Out of the heart proceedeth life, death or forgiveness.  Our attitude, thoughts and motives are more important than our actions. However, if our heart is right our actions will also be right.

Thought for Today: “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…” (Proverbs 23:7).

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