Jesus tells us that the Christian Life is as simple as loving God and loving people. But what does that mean in our daily lives? Let’s paint a portrait of a fully-formed follower of Jesus. (Matt 22:34-40, Deut 6:5, Lev 19:18, 2 Cor 5:14-15, Eph 2:8-9, Matt 28:20, I Peter 2:9, Matt 28:19, Eph 2:10, I Jn 4:19, Heb 4:12, Matt 6:6, Gal 6:2, I Ptr 3:15, Eph 3:14-19)
Jesus pulls from Deut 19 when he helps his followers understand how to handle conflict with others. The promise of 2 or 3 believers comes into sharper focus in this passage. How do we live out the practice of handling conflict with each other?
In Jesus’ most famous sermon, he connects our words to our actions, reminding us that our words have meaning and carry power. (Matt 5:33-37, Num 30:2, Ex 5:4, Deut 23:21-23, Ps 76:11, Ps 50:14, James 1:17, Heb 13:8, Jer 1:9, Jn 16:13, Matt 12:34)
Jesus taught in parables so those of us who choose to follow Him would have a deeper and simpler way of understanding of the life that He is leading us through. The Bible also calls us as believers to have childlike faith and to approach Jesus and His gospel like a child.