War, Divorce, Wealth What does Jesus say?

Jesus on war:

Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy.  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you: that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven . . .” (Matthew 5:43-45)

Jesus on divorce:

It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: but I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife . . . causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.” (Matthew 5:31-32)

Jesus on wealth:

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)

In a world filled with corrupted values, Jesus’ way is vastly different.  Jesus emphasized genuine peace and suffering love flowing from the heart and reaching out to our fellowmen–-in every situation.  He stressed integrity in each commitment and purity in each life-–in every relationship.  And He underscored the hazardous detriments of hoarding, as well as the blessings of giving – in every circumstance.

What a different world this could be!  If humanity would only embrace the values of the kingdom of heaven; if humanity would only do it Jesus’ way . . .


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