The Jesus Way: True Inner Goodness – Our Anger and Thought Life

The Jesus Way: True Inner Goodness – Our Anger and Thought Life

Scripture: Matthew 5:21-32

We ended last week thinking about Jesus’ statement in Matthew 5:20 …

20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven. 

This verse frames Jesus’ entire sermon on the mount – Matthew 5-7

We’re called to a righteousness that transforms the whole person

Jesus was concerned that obedience to the OT had had been reduced to a way of life that had stolen the heart and soul from the OT and stolen the hearts and souls of people who sought to follow it.

Trying to do what the OT required, with elaborate detail and discipline, while ignoring the inner dimensions of people’s lives.

In stark contrast, Jesus looked at obedience as an internal not external practice … not as a set of rules to follow but a relationship with Jesus that reorders our heart … then realigns our behavior.

Jesus isn’t interested in a veneer of religious respectability … he wants to produce “true inner goodness.”

Silvina Erwin