Victory Vitamin Blog – Matthew 5:22

“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’  But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment.”

-Matthew 5:22 NIV

 

Jesus does a scary thing in this verse.  He equates thoughts with actions.  He’s saying, “If you’re angry, you’re guilty of murder.”  Later He says, “If you look at someone lustfully, you’ve committed adultery.”  As if we weren’t guilty before, now our thoughts condemn us!  We’re sinners, and the wages of sin is death.  If we learn one thing from this verse, it’s that there is no chance of us getting into heaven based on the quality of our actions.  We’re sunk.  Thank God for grace!  Grace means God gives us something we don’t deserve.  What we don’t deserve is forgiveness and eternal life.  We get both however, because Jesus lived a perfect life and offered it on the cross as payment for our sins.  The wages of sin is death, and Jesus paid it.  The good news is this: “it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”  Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV  Jesus died and rose so that you and I could have what we don’t deserve.  You are forgiven.  Eternal life is yours through faith in Jesus.  Live in God’s grace.  Live in peace.

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for February 12, 2017 -Matthew 5:21-32

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for February 12, 2017 -Matthew 5:21-32

God’s Word makes it very clear that no one can earn God’s favor, or win His love by obeying His commands.  The hard truth is we fail to obey, and we sin every single day.  All we can say is, “Thank God for grace!” Learn more Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Victory Lutheran Church.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Matthew 5:14

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.” 

-Matthew 5:14 NIV

 

During these long winter months, we’re reminded just how important the sun is.  It provides much needed warmth, and though the hours are shortened where we live, it sheds welcome light on the earth.  It’s no small thing that Jesus says, “YOU are the light of the world.”  That’s right, YOU.  Elsewhere Jesus tells us that HE is the light of the world (John 8:12) but that light is given to us through faith and as one of His followers, you are now the light of the world.  How can you brighten the lives of the people you encounter each day?  How can you bring warmth and kindness into a world that is increasingly cold and bitter?  Jesus showed His love by paying the debt for our all our sins.  As a believer, you have the comfort and assurance of eternal life in heaven.  As a believer, you have the fruit of the Spirit which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Display them every day, and shine everywhere you go.  This dark world desperately needs it.