Some Insights From Matthew 5
In these passages, we are called to influence the world for good. If we fail on good works, we are as useless as flavorless salt or as a lamp whose light is concealed.
Jesus’ commandments are no different from where the 10 commandments come from. He gave us 2 commandments to follow which made it easier for us to understand, although if we do follow the 2 commandments, everything else in the 10 commandments are automatically met. These 2 commandments are: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might, and, You shall love your neighbor as Jesus has loved us. The Lord wants us to follow everything that was taught to us and our righteousness should surpass that of priests and people in the Holy positions or else we will not enter into the kingdom of Heaven. It means we have to follow everything taught in the bible, or else we cannot be assured of our place in Heaven. Priest or no priest, we have to have the same high regard for Him, and what He wants us to do.
These passages teach us to settle our disagreements, anger and everything else that seem to eat us up and leave us without peace. Jesus tells us that unless we learn to be humble and forgive one another, we will never have His graces. How we treat one another is how He will treat us when we are judged by our Lord.
These passages teach us about the true meaning of adultery. Adultery is not just being involved with a married person. Adultery is also about looking at a person with lust, and the thoughts and actions that come with it.
These passages inform us that Jesus is clearly against divorce. According to Him, unless the marriage is unlawful, when one divorces his wife, he causes her to commit adultery. Whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery as well. Bear in mind that marriage is a sacred vow that lasts a lifetime. Once that vow is broken, the moment they enter into new relationships, they commit adultery, for in God’s eyes, they have been bonded as one and should never be apart. The key here for not committing adultery is never get married if you are not sure about one another.
Jesus tells us not to swear in God’s name nor His creation, for you are not God. Just be truthful and honest to yourself, and let “yes” mean “yes” and “no” mean “no. But do not involve God and his creation when you want to show honesty and loyalty to others, for they are not involved with what you are trying to show. Keep them out of it. Let your actions speak for yourself instead.
The passages teach us about humility. We are not supposed to pass judgments on people even as they offend us. Let God pass judgment on them for their actions. Important is we do not end up like them, and we remain the same Christians as we are no matter what situations we face. God works through us as well. If people who don’t know Him encounter people like you and you show them God’s ways, they are bound to be attracted to God. Let’s be that guide to the world instead of being one of the people who needs to be guided. Let’s not worry about what would happen to us, for God will take care of us and reward us in His kingdom and that’s what counts.
Loving your neighbors as Jesus has loved us would also mean loving your enemies as although Jesus hated the things that sinners do, He reached out the most to people who didn’t know Him, and preached lengthily to them so that they may be given the opportunity to know about God. He showed true compassion when He raised the dead, healed paralytics, and did other miracles. We, too, should treat our enemies with real concern. While it is hard to forget the hurt that some people have caused us, forgive them their shortcomings and give them a chance again to be your friend, although not necessarily in the same way. That’s fine, for you cannot allow the person to be tempted to commit the same mistake again. But still be a friend to him in other ways. Do not avoid him and be approachable and ready to help with advices or anything.