Authentic Living

For many Christians, there can be a disconnect between knowing and doing. We understand the right thing to do, but we do not always end up doing that thing. For others, they might even set out to do the wrong thing or have the wrong thoughts, while outwardly trying to portray a holy life. Jesus addresses this problem in the Sermon on the Mount.
On the day Jesus sat down to teach, the religious people of His time already knew the rules well. They placed a great deal of emphasis on following the rules, and some were quick to condemn those who did not. In their efforts many completely missed the intent of the rules and how much God cares about their interactions with one another. Jesus challenges their thinking each time He says, “You have heard that it was said…”
God’s desire for His people has always gone much deeper than following rules or changing actions. He wants our thoughts and hearts to be transformed. He wants us to live authentic lives that honor Him. We learn what those lives should look like through the example of Jesus and specifically through His teaching in Matthew 5-7. 
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” – Matthew 7:24

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