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Summary: Pentecost 6(A) - Sin begins in our heart. We learn that our heart harbors anger-hatred / murder. We also learn our heart harbors lust-coveting / adultery.

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SIN BEGINS IN OUR HEART (Outline)

February 11, 2007 - EPIPHANY 6 - Matthew 5:20-30

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INTRO: In our politically correct, none offending society—sin is a word that is not to be used very often. At times in our enlightened society sin is ignored, dismissed, overlooked, excused or even denied. There are certain things in this world which mankind simply cannot escape. The two most familiar are death and taxes. One cannot escape sin. As long as there is death there is also sin. "For every living soul belongs to me, the father as well as the son--both alike belong to me. The soul who sins is the one who will die"(EZEKIEL 18:4). Just as none can escape death so no one can escape sin. Jesus explains: SIN BEGINS IN OUR HEART. I. Our heart harbors hatred / murder. II. Our heart harbors lust / adultery.

I. OUR HEART HARBORS HATRED (ANGER ) / MURDER

A. We are still at the opening of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. (Take time to read chapters 5-7.)

1. In verse 20 Jesus reminded the people that their righteousness had to be the greatest.

2. Jesus wanted the believers to understand their righteousness could NOT save them.

B. Verse 21. The religious leaders taught this: Only the act of murdering someone was a sin.

1. Jesus’ teaching: But I tell you…in verse 22a. God’s word was more important than man’s.

2. Murder begins with anger in the heart that can lead to hurtful words. Verse 22b.

3. Raca = stupid, attacked the head. Fool = moron, attacked a person’s character.

C. Verses 23, 24 present a very specific example of a disagreement. This is not a minor matter.

1. The matter is bad enough to be brought to court in verse 25. Compromise is better than prison.

2. Verse 26 speaks of eternal imprisonment. None, in Jesus’ day, could repay the last penny.

D. You have heard it said, actions speak louder than words. True. The reality is that our hearts scream out long before our mouths speak or hands act. Sin begins in our heart. Our Lord looks at our hearts. Our Lord knows our thoughts. We can be thankful that society does not punish for the secret sins buried in our hearts. This does not excuse us. God looks and knows. We have to admit that we are murderers. It is an age-old sin – brother hating brother, sinful murder in one’s heart. Cain kills Abel. Esau is com-forted in plotting to kill his brother Jacob. We are no different. "Anyone who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him"(1 JOHN 3:14b, 15). We cannot deny, dismiss, ignore or excuse what is in our hearts. It is sin.

E. Sin begins in our hearts. Sadly sin does not always stay there. Sin rears it’s ugly head in wicked words. How often haven’t we shouted out words that were wrong, evil, and downright spiteful. These words of hatred were / are meant to harm our neighbor. Once the word escapes our hearts and lips, it simply cannot be taken back. Our gracious God gives us divine advice. "My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires"(JAMES 1:19,20). Think before you speak.


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