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UNDAILY Episode 158

For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven. “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell. “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.

MATTHEW 5, 20-26 (NIV)


Jesus says: "Unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven." How is that possible? After all, the Pharisees were known for their meticulous observance of the law. Does Jesus demand that we follow even more rules and regulations? Absolutely not! Isn't it absurd to think that one can meticulously follow every law yet still be far from the Kingdom of Heaven? This is exactly the situation Jesus wants to make us aware of. Insincere observance of rules is like building a house without foundations. Sure, one might say, "But I go to church, I pray, I follow the commandments!" Yet Jesus responds, "Do you have love in your heart? Have you forgiven your brother? Have you reconciled with those you are in conflict with?" (...)



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