Matthew 7:12 12 “Always treat others as you would like them to treat you; that sums up the teaching of the Torah and the Prophets. I should have tied this verse in yesterday, and it doesn't fit with the next section. In my mind, that means that this one is by itself today and is the one and only simple thought for the day. We teach our children this concept, and yet, we must stop and ask ourselves, "Do we follow this teaching?" Do we really treat others the way we would like
Matthew 7:6-11 6 “Don’t give to dogs what is holy, and don’t throw your pearls to the pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, then turn and attack you. 7 “Keep asking, and it will be given to you; keep seeking, and you will find; keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who keeps asking receives; he who keeps seeking finds; and to him who keeps knocking, the door will be opened. 9 Is there anyone here who, if his son asks him for a lo
Matthew 7:1-5 7 “Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged.2 For the way you judge others is how you will be judged — the measure with which you measure out will be used to measure to you.3 Why do you see the splinter in your brother’s eye but not notice the log in your own eye?4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the splinter out of your eye,’ when you have the log in your own eye?5 You hypocrite! First, take the log out of your own eye; then you will see clearly,
Matthew 6:25-34 25 “Therefore, I tell you, don’t worry about your life — what you will eat or drink; or about your body — what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds flying about! They neither plant nor harvest, nor do they gather food into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they are? 27 Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to his life? 28 “And why be anxious about clothing? Th
Matthew 6:19-24 19 “Do not store up for yourselves wealth here on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and burglars break in and steal.20 Instead, store up for yourselves wealth in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and burglars do not break in or steal.21 For where your wealth is, there your heart will be also.22 ‘The eye is the lamp of the body.’ So if you have a ‘good eye’ [that is, if you are generous] your whole body will be full of light;23 but if you have an
Matthew 6:16-18 16 “Now when you fast, don’t go around looking miserable, like the hypocrites. They make sour faces so that people will know they are fasting. Yes! I tell you, they have their reward already!17 But you, when you fast, wash your face and groom yourself,18 so that no one will know you are fasting — except your Father, who is with you in secret. Your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Fasting... Many people love to do it and believe in it.
Matthew 6:7-15 7 “And when you pray, don’t babble on and on like the pagans, who think God will hear them better if they talk a lot. 8 Don’t be like them, because your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9 You, therefore, pray like this: ‘Our Father in heaven!
May your Name be kept holy.
10 May your Kingdom come,
your will be done on earth as in heaven. 11 Give us the food we need today.
12 Forgive us what we have done wrong,
as we too have forgiven those who ha
Matthew 6:5-6 5 “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites, who love to pray standing in the synagogues and on street corners, so that people can see them. Yes! I tell you, they have their reward already!6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. Your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. These verses are where the idea of a "prayer closet" originates. "Go into your room..." "Pray in secret..." There i
Matthew 6:1-4 6 “Be careful not to parade your acts of tzedakah in front of people in order to be seen by them! If you do, you have no reward from your Father in heaven.2 So, when you do tzedakah, don’t announce it with trumpets to win people’s praise, like the hypocrites in the synagogues and on the streets. Yes! I tell you, they have their reward already!3 But you, when you do tzedakah, don’t even let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.4 Then your tzedakah wi
Matthew 5:43-48 43 “You have heard that our fathers were told, ‘Love your neighbor — and hate your enemy.’44 But I tell you, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!45 Then you will become children of your Father in heaven. For he makes his sun shine on good and bad people alike, and he sends rain to the righteous and the unrighteous alike.46 What reward do you get if you love only those who love you? Why, even tax-collectors do that!47 And if you are friendly onl