Summary: This sermon deals with the sins we all commit, yet think very little about it.
We Don't Sweat The Little Stuff
17 "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
18For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.
19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
21"You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.'
22But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, 'Raca!' shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire.
In this passage, Jesus teaches a very important lesson about sin.
Nearly everyone knows that committing murder is a sin.
It's one of those big sins that most people have not committed.
Yet, Jesus equates the sin of anger with murder.
Though you may not have ever committed murder...
you surely have been guilty of anger.
The title of this sermon is "We Don't Sweat The Little Stuff".
In the Book of Proverbs
it states that the Lord specifically regards as sinful:
These six things the LORD hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
17 A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood,
18 A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
19 A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.
In the early days of Christianity,
they developed a list of objectionable sins
known as the 7 deadly sins.
It has been used since early Christian times
to educate and instruct Christians
concerning fallen humanity's tendency to sin.
The currently recognized version of the sins are:
wrath, greed, sloth (or laziness), pride, lust, envy, and gluttony.
Today we are going to look at those 7 deadly sins.
Sin #1. Pride
Pride is considered to be the sin from which all others arise.
It was at the root of the downfall of Lucifer...
who became Satan.
Pride is defined as "excessive belief in one's own abilities that interferes with the individual's recognition of the grace of God."
And yet our society scoffs at the seriousness of pride.
Queen Latifah, a rap singer, said, "Pride is a sin? I wasn't aware of that!"
Actress Kirstie Alley said, "I don't think pride is a sin, and I think some idiot made that up."
Scripture is vicious on pride.
One of the few things that we find God hates is pride.
James 4: 6 says, But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble."
Scripture guarantees us that failure will be part of our life
if we have pride.
Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly,
Than to divide the spoil with the proud.
The great Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar
suffered from the sin of pride
and lost his kingdom for it.
Hear the pride in his boast. "Is this not Babylon the great, which I myself have built as a royal residence by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty?"
Pride raised him up, then God knocked him down.
Jesus told a story about pride in Luke 18:10-14
10 "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank You that I am not like other men--extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 12I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.' 13And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!' 14I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
Jesus illustrated the cure for pride
when He wrapped a towel around His waist,
and washed stinky, nasty, ugly feet.
Humility is the answer to pride.
Sin #2. Greed