Matthew 5:27-29, 33-37


Live Before God


27-28 “You know the next commandment pretty well, too: ‘Don’t go to bed with another’s spouse.’ But don’t think you’ve preserved your virtue simply by staying out of bed. Your heart can be corrupted by lust even quicker than your body. Those leering looks you think nobody notices—they also corrupt. 29-30 “Let’s not pretend this is easier than it really is. If you want to live a morally pure life, here’s what you have to do: You have to blind your right eye the moment you catch it in a lustful leer. You have to choose to live one-eyed or else be dumped on a moral trash pile...
33-37 “And don’t say anything you don’t mean. This counsel is embedded deep in our traditions. You only make things worse when you lay down a smoke screen of pious talk, saying, ‘I’ll pray for you,’ and never doing it, or saying, ‘God be with you,’ and not meaning it. You don’t make your words true by embellishing them with religious lace. In making your speech sound more religious, it becomes less true. Just say ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ When you manipulate words to get your own way, you go wrong.

Lectio Divina 

Read -- Read the passage aloud slowly.

Think – – imagine yourself going to the mailbox today and finding in it. A letter addressed to you, containing the words of this passage. Think of yourself opening the letter. Then read the passage aloud again, and as you do, see yourself walking back from the mailbox.
     1. What meaning do the words have for you? What is Jesus getting at?
     2. How do you "pretend this is easier than it really is." Regarding having a pure thought life? Re: really meaning what you say?
     3. How do these commands speak to the deepest part of you, that part. Jesus wants?

Pray – – ask Jesus to show you situations in which you are likely to say something you don't mean. Ask them to help you discover what that's about – – perhaps impressing people or pretending to be better than you are.

Live – – Jesus understands how difficult his words are for us. Since yourself being pulled along with love and grace by Jesus.

Our Lectio Divina posting is take from  The Message: Solo - An Uncommon Devotional by Eugene Peterson