"You have heard it said, but I say.” These are some of the most amazing words Jesus spoke during his ministry. With them, he directed his followers in a whole way of living faith. Before Jesus, the notion was that a person of faith lived by the letter of the law, then he or she could consider themselves in a “righteous” relationship with God. Jesus however saw this kind of keeping of the Law as honoring God with their lips but not their hearts. This kind of faith keeping (keeping of the Law) reminds me of a book I read a few years ago entitled, “What is the Least I can Believe and Still be a Christian.” Jesus never wants just the least from us.
Peace, Pastor Ralph