Verse 27: Behold, it is written by them of old time, that thou shalt not commit adultery;
Verse 28: But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman, to lust after her, hath committed adultery already in his heart.
Verse 29: Behold, I give unto you a commandment, that ye suffer none of these things to enter into your heart;
Verse 30: For it is better that ye should deny yourselves of these things, wherein ye will take up your cross, than that ye should be cast into hell.
Verse 31: It hath been written, that whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement.
Verse 32: Verily, verily, I say unto you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery; and whoso shall marry her who is divorced committeth adultery.
The most sacred of relationships is between husband and wife. This relationship requires effort for two people to become one of motive and purpose. As we work at it, it teaches us to be unselfish by putting another’s needs before our own. Marriage is for us to learn essential principles as we help each other on our mortal path Home to Heavenly Father.
The unfaithfulness of adultery betrays one’s most important relationship as well as the family. It is a path away from God and goodness. It embodies that which is dishonorable. To stop unclean thoughts in the heart ensure they won’t become action. The breaking of trust through adultery blocks path toward God in serious ways.
Verse 33: And again it is written, thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths;
Verse 34: But verily, verily, I say unto you, swear not at all; neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne;
Verse 35: Nor by the earth, for it is his footstool;
Verse 36: Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair black or white;
Verse 37: But let your communication be Yea, yea; Nay, nay; for whatsoever cometh of more than these is evil.
Swearing has become a common practice in society. It dishonors those who do it as well as those around them. It cheapens covenants made with God. Forswear means to swear falsely or commit perjury. Since our words are important, to use them falsely or to injure others, makes what one says worthless and harmful. The commandment to agree or disagree with yes and no is simple and straightforward. It is respectful. We can let our actions validate our words without swearing.
Verse 38: And behold, it is written, an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth;
Verse 39: But I say unto you, that ye shall not resist evil, but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also;
Verse 40: And if any man will sue thee at the law and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also;
Verse 41: And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
Verse 42: Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn thou not away.
The Savior teaches us to not worry about revenge but to help one another. He teaches us that material things aren’t as important as people. An attitude of giving and service is much more beneficial than fighting about possessions. While the world might think that those who have most are better, our Savior taught us that those who give service to others are closer in attitude and action to Heavenly Father. He instructs us to help one another and share what He has given us.
Verse 43: And behold it is written also, that thou shalt love thy neighbor and hate thine enemy;
Verse 44: But behold I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them who despitefully use you and persecute you;
Verse 45: That ye may be the children of your Father who is in heaven; for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good.
Every person is a child of God and therefore each has the divine within. The best way to get rid of enemies is to make them our friends. To do this requires us to be humble and kind. We must think of others before ourselves realizing that everyone’s perspective has value to them.
Learning to understand others and seeing them through God’s perspective helps us see their divine qualities. Friendship is much more satisfying to the soul than disturbance from enemies. We can bless others with our own happy attitude, creativity, and well wishes.
Verse 46: Therefore those things which were of old time, which were under the law, in me are all fulfilled.
Verse 47: Old things are done away, and all things have become new.
Verse 48: Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect.
Jesus Christ teaches us that the law of Moses was fulfilled in Him. We are to keep the commandments Jesus gave and let them be our guide in our relationships and in our thoughts and actions. We are to live the law that lets us grow closer to Heavenly Father and His ways. We can repent or change because Jesus Christ gave us the gift of His Atonement. We are to do right because we love right and want to do our Father’s will.
To love God with all of our heart, might, mind, and strength requires that we love others as ourselves. This love requires us to use the attributes of goodness, humility, faith, hope, repentance, and good works for the benefit of others. When we serve others, we are serving God.
Jesus’ teachings to people in both the Old World and the New World are vital to us today in the Modern World. God does not change. He wants each of us to learn and live the principles that will allow us to return Home to live with Him. Developing the practices Jesus taught helps us to become consistent to the goodness that is in God. These attributes help us learn to love God by honoring and obeying Him and by loving and serving the people around us.
May we follow Jesus Christ’s teachings to become the children of God that we have the potential to become.