Average… Or Proactive

Posted: November 7, 2014 in Average...
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Hello I’m Dr. ed Peterson the host for the me and I Am post and podcast and i’m glad you’ve joined me today. i’m sharing about not wanting to be called average and how that translates into everyday living according to Jesus words from Matthew 5, 6 and 7.

In Matthew 5:19,20 Jesus is saying, “Trivialize even the smallest item in God’s Law and you will only have trivialized yourself. But take it seriously, show the way for others, and you will find honor in the kingdom. Unless you do far better than the Pharisees in the matters of right living, you won’t know the first thing about entering the kingdom.”

my interpretation of these words is that unless i do far better than the average in these matters of right living, i won’t know the first thing about entering the Kingdom. In other wards, the average person has far more knowledge than obedience.

Then while still trying to absorb those words Jesus fires another round , getting more direct, more personal and far more detail specific. Oh please say it isn’t so… it’s hard for me to imagine Pooh angry?

Pooh“You’re familiar with the command to the ancients, “Do not murder.” I’m telling you that anyone who is so much as angry with a brother or sister is guilty of murder. Carelessly call a brother “Idiot” and you just might find yourself hauled into court. Thoughtlessly yell “Stupid” at a sister and you are on the brink of hellfire. The simple moral fact is that words kill.”

Surely the interpreters who wrote the Message Bible must have got this wrong? Seriously, so much as angry? Calling someone Idiot or Stupid? Just to be sure I’m going to fall back on my favorite translation to see. This is how the Amplified Bible says it. “But I say to you that everyone who continues to be angry with his brother or harbors malice (enmity of heart) against him shall be liable to and unable to escape the punishment imposed by the court; and whoever speaks contemptuously and insultingly to his brother shall be liable to and unable to escape the punishment imposed by the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, You cursed fool! [You empty-headed idiot!] shall be liable to and unable to escape the hell (Gehenna) of fire.”

So here’s my take. i am not allowed to say anything about myself or anyone else that God himself would not say. God would not and does not call me an idiot regardless of whether i act like one or not. Jesus is saying that my words matter, that they make a difference in my life and in the lives of people who hear them and actually even when they don’t. No more calling drivers idiots or stupid when they drive like what i think stupid or idiot is. But Jesus doesn’t leave me there, He continues on and tells me what i can and should do.

PeaceThis is how I want you to conduct yourself in these matters. If you enter your place of worship and, about to make an offering, you suddenly remember a grudge a friend has against you, abandon your offering, leave immediately, go to this friend and make things right. Then and only then, come back and work things out with God.

Or say you’re out on the street and an old enemy accosts you. Don’t lose a minute. Make the first move; make things right with him. After all, if you leave the first move to him, knowing his track record, you’re likely to end up in court, maybe even jail. If that happens, you won’t get out without a stiff fine.

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