“Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:19-20

These are Christ’s teachings on how the righteous live. No one can live the law perfectly but by the work of the Holy Spirit we are convicted to obey each command of God. We must therefore crucify our flesh daily, put away our selfish self-centered desires, and be perfect in Christ as our Heavenly Father is perfect. This is often referred to as the third use of the law for God’s people.

DO NOTs

Do not murder, or even be angry with a fellow brother. (Matt 5:21-26)
Do not commit adultery, or any lust of the flesh. (Matt 5:27-30, Mark 10:1-12)
Do not divorce, unless it’s for sexual immorality. (Matt 5:31-32)
Do not swear falsely, or be deceptive. (Matt 5:33-37)
Do not seek vengeance, give more instead of taking much. (Matt 5:38-42)
Do not hate those who hate you, instead love them. (Matt 5:43-48, Luke 6:27-36)
Do not be materialistic, a stumbling block of idols. (Matt 6:19-24)
Do not be anxious, trust in God’s provisions. (Matt 6:25-33)
Do not judge unjustly, be humble. (Matt 7:1-6, Luke 6:37-42)

DOs

Do give to the needy, pray (ask), and fast. (Matt 6:1-15, Matt 7:7-11, Matt 6:16-18)
Do treat others how you want to be treated and love God. (Matt 7:12-14, Mark 12:28-31)
Do all these things, preferably in secret and without recognition or credit. (Matt 6:1-4)
Do beware of false teachers who aim to deceive you. (Matt 7:15-20, Mark 12:38-40)
Do have a firm foundation in the truth of God’s Word and in Christ’s authority over all. (Matt 7:24-29, Luke 6:46-49)

 

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