Setting a Christian Example
Matthew 5 and Other Verses
But something was placed before us to research: What is the Biblical and proper behavior of a Christian?
I was listening to a dramatised version of the King James Bible and was given several verses that show an example as to what we should do and be like to the world:
The above shows us as to whom is considered blessed. If Christ sees them as blessed, so should we since we are all brothers and sisters in Christ. Bless those who bless you.
Due to the persecution of prophets and other in Christ before you came to this earth, their sacrifice was also your gain as well as theirs.
The above is an example of our faith and how it should be displayed to the world. We are the light in the dark places. We set ourselves to be disiples of Christ to those who are sinners and who do not know Christ. Just as Matthew 5:16 said, let our light be shown before men and let those men see our good works, so they can give our Father the Glory.
These words tells us that the law that Christ fulfilled will remain until the end of the Earth and Heaven.
If we do not spread His commandments that He has given us, although we will go to Heaven, we will be considered the least in Heaven. However, if we spread His commandments to others, we are considered great in Heaven.
We are to be better than the scribes and Pharisees, better than those relligious persons who preach but who don't follow their own teachings... hypocrits.
Matthew 5:21 describes that you are to be judged by committing murder. However, Matthew 5:22 tells us that even if we get angry without any reason or cause, that we fall under the same judgement as committing murder. So we are not to become angry, upset or mad at another person because we can or for no reason. As also described above in verse 22, if you even as call another person worthless (Raca (Greek: G4469)), or a fool, or stupid you still fall under the same judgement. In otherwords, do not discredit another person and call names.
Although this does relate to old times were we used to bring gifts to alters, this still proves a good point today. The above scriptures gives us a way to better ourselves in reconciliation with one another. It shows that instead of offering gifts to reconcile our differences, it says to first reconcile with our brother, then offer gifts.
A lot of people today, especially parents who want to reconcile with their children, believe that things, objects and stuff can make things better between them. When all the child wants is an apology, more time, or even boundries for more security. Stuff doesn't make things better when you have an issue with someone else.
Aside from the old english, thee's, thou,s and art's, this is pretty clear. We all know today what happens when you offend another person and don't spearhead it and talk to them about it... you get sued or worse. So before you get sued, attempt to speak with your brother BEFORE they have a chance to take any legal action.
Pay what you owe to others. If you are due a penalty, take it with honor and do as the law states. Of course unless it contradicts the Biblical laws.
When you lust, you are allowing satan to bring ideas, images, thoughts and scenerios into your mind. The more you lust, the worse it gets. The more you think about it, the more you are likely to act on it. Just like any addiction, lust can also be addiction and is very difficult to get away from, pornography is a great example. So, before it become a problem, take care of it. If it is already an issue, seek help. Find other chruch members, speak to friends or speak to your spouse. (Yes this might grow into a fight or something, but eventually your spouse should come to the conclusion that you are seeking help and want to get rid of the urges and thoughts.) Do everything you can to break away from lust, it will do nothing but harm your relationship with the ones your love and it can even break apart the entire family.
I am not sure if this was meant to be literal. I bet that it is a metaphoric statement. That whatever you hold dear to your heart and consider as something you can't live without or can survive seperation from it, cast it away if it brings you to sin against God. It is much better to leave those things behind and follow God to Heaven and then to drownd in it and go to Hell and then the Lake of Fire for eternity.
If you divorce your spouse for any other reason other than adultry, you both will be judged, as well as your partner(s) with adultry, if either of you have sex after this divorce. It is obvious that God doens't like divorce, He hates it.
Do not make promises that will only promote yourself and tell only the truth and allow nothing to come out to 'lighten' the truth.
Although our carnal minds tell us that we should get even with others who have hurt us. But these verses tell us that we are not to act the same as the sinner and hurt others as we've been hurt. Instead, set an example and show that you are kind in spirit. Let everyone know that you follow God and Christ and that their love flows from you, not just to you.
As the last verse said: "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect." As Christians we are to set an example to each other and to the sinner and the ones who do not follow Christ. We are to show everyone the love of God by following His love in our lives and promoting this to others.
God Hated Divorce:
Wwe still have rights although there is divorce:
[bible]1 Corinthians 7:15[/bible]
We should forgive others:
Characteristics of a Christian, in God's words:
[bible]2 Chronicles 7:14[/bible]
[bible]1 Peter 3:4[/bible]
[bible]1 Peter 5:5[/bible]