In Sunday’s Gospel Lesson (Matthew 5: 21-37) Jesus raised the bar for Christians in how we handle our relationships. The Ten Commandments drew a line in which you were not intended to cross; however, Jesus expanded on them with the spirit behind the law. He did not want us to simply view the commandments as a line in the sand whereas you are fine so long as you do not cross it. He wants us to view the commandments in the spirit of relationships between each other. In the text Jesus expands:
- Shall not murder TO don’t be angry with your neighbors
- Shall not commit adultery TO do not be lustful, even in thought
- Shall not bear false witness TO be so commendable and truthful there is no need to swear an oath
- Don’t follow the letter of divorce TO treat people fairly and justly
It boils down to the golden rule. A simple rule which, if followed, would radically change the world; simply by treating each other how we would like to be treated ourselves. Jesus did not come to abolish the law, he came to fulfill it! Together, we can live into his ministry and make the world a better place!