Matthew 5-7 contains what is referred to as the “Sermon on the Mount.” One of the main purposes of the “Sermon on the Mount” is to shatter self-righteousness. Most people of the day, especially Jewish leaders, were trying to attain the righteousness God demands through self effort in the keeping of the law externally. Here in chapter 5 Jesus goes straight to the heart, showing that it is the heart that counts. A new heart leads to God honoring actions. People need a new heart, which Jesus gives to those who trust Him as their savior from sin and the one who meets the righteousness God demands (2 Corinthians 5:21). Lord, thank you that I do not have to earn my salvation and for the fact that you have given me a new heart through faith in Jesus who died and rose again in my place.
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