Be Good Inwardly and Outwardly (Matthew 5:21-6:4)

Yesterday, I talked about living a life of righteousness which involves more than just following a set of rules and checking off a list of requirements.  A life of righteousness comes from a pure heart.

When I read Matthew 5:21-6:4, I see that idea continuing and advice on how it should be played out in our life.

The law teaches us to not murder and it teaches an eye for an eye when seeking retribution for a wrong done to us.  However, Jesus wants more from us.  Jesus teaches us not to be hateful, angry, or insulting.  Instead, we should seek reconciliation and forgiveness.  This applies to our friends and to our enemies.

The law forbids adultery, but Jesus teaches a lustful heart is evil.  We should avoid things that lead to lust, if we want to live a righteous life and have a pure heart.

Jesus also condemned those who practice spirituality and charity to impress others.  Doing good to bolster your sense of self-pride, will not win any points with God.  Jesus wants us to do good out of a sense of love and compassion.

Living a life of righteousness is more than behaving a certain way when others can see us and it is more than just following a list of requirements.  Living a life of righteousness starts in the person’s heart and then it is demonstrated through their actions.

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Prayer vs Meditation

A prayer invokes the power of an outside force and it can be offered to a supreme being or to the universe in general.  The person praying may be asking for something or expressing concern or may just be trying to communicate with a higher power.

 

Meditation involves focusing on one thing, such as breathing, a mantra, sounds, or anything else that the person desires.  In meditation the goal is to silent the mind and relax the body.  There is no attempt to communicate with an outside power.

 

Both Prayer and meditation have benefits.  They can relax the body and promote a feeling of calmness.  In today’s hectic world this could have a positive impact on your life.

Why Metaphysics

There are three main reasons for studying metaphysics.

  1. Better understand yourself – discover why you behave the way you do and what you can do to make your life better
  2. Better understand humanity – discover why other people behave the way they do and learn how to interact with them, understand them, and improve your relationships
  3. Better understand the world in which we live – gain a greater understanding of how the world around us impacts our life and how to live in harmony with these outside forces