Words to Live By

I compiled this summary of Matthew 5-7 several years ago, and have been thinking of it recently.

Blessed are …
the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.
the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matt. 5:3-12)

You are the salt of the earth; …You are the light of the world. …Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matt. 5:13-16)

…but whoever does and teaches [these commandments], he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matt. 5:17-20)

First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Agree with your adversary quickly… (Matt. 5:21-26)

If your right eye [hand] causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you;… (Matt. 5:27-30)

Do not divorce for any reason except for sexual immorality (Matt. 5:31-32)

do not swear at all… But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one. (Matt. 5:33-37)

Turn the other cheek, go the extra mile. …love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. (Matt. 5:38-48)

When you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing … (Matt 6:1-4)

when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. …If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (Matt. 6:5-15)

But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face… (Matt. 6:16-18)

lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor ruse destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matt. 6:19-21)

The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. (Matt. 6:22-23)

No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. (Matt 6:22-24)

do not worry… But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (Matt. 6:25-34)

Judge not, that you be not judged. (Matt 7:1-6)

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. (Matt. 7:7-11)

Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. (Matt. 7:12)

Enter by the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matt. 7:13-15)


About Laurel C Kriegler

A born and bred South African, I was educated at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, where I graduated with an Honours Degree (post-graduate) in Economics at the end of 2001. After spending several years gaining work experience in the UK, I returned to South Africa to get married. It was during the ensuing period that my pursuits of writing and editing took hold.
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