“You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart." (Mt. 5:21ff, selected)
Living in community, showing love and embodying integrity in our relationships isn't easy. We may think, looking at the Ten Commandments in the Old Testament, that we have it all figured out. Do not murder. Check! Do not commit adultery. Easy enough.
Jesus takes things a step further in the Sermon on the Mount. He challenges his audience to think about what is really at the root of these commandments. Not only are murder and adultery and a whole host of other things bad because they destroy lives and relationships, anger and lust do the same!
All of us have experience with these sins. All of us, in one way or another, fail to love others as Jesus Christ loves us.
In her sermon this week, Rev. Dr. Tina Hosler challenges us to consider the ways we have failed to uphold the highest standards of integrity in our relationships. When have we let our anger, lust, or covetousness get the best of us? When have we treated God's children like property instead of people? How have we undermined the power of our words by lying?
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This week, examine your relationships. Do the hard work of discipleship: seek reconciliation, strive for purity, treat covenants seriously, and let your word be reliable.