Sermons from February 2017
Covetousness is at the core of many if not most of the ways we sin. God though Jesus and then through Paul showed us that true wealth and happiness comes from the contentment that follows living a godly life as exemplified in Jesus’ life and ministry.
The ninth of the original “Ten Commandments” says we are not to bear false witness against our neighbor. This commandment had a specific original meaning. But Jesus reinterpreted all the commandments in ways and made them central to our lives today. Just so, the original application was to ensure that witnesses told the truth in legal disputes. Jesus extended the application to how we witness to our own faith and identity.
Stealing – taking things from others without their knowledge or permission – has been a human problem from even before recorded history. Children and adults have been guilty of the sin of stealing. Jesus asked us to love others as much as we love ourselves. This was Jesus’ response when asked what the greatest commandment was. After loving God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength we are to love our neighbor as ourselves.