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April 4, 2014

Who deserves the praise?

Sermon on the Mount, Part 5

(Continued)

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If we are tempted to glorify ourselves, it is better to go out of our way to not be noticed as we do a good work. God despises a proud and haughty spirit and gives grace to the humble. (James 4:6) Humility comes from a heart that realizes that it is nothing without God. Pride comes when we are deceived into thinking that we are more important and better than everyone else. Time and time throughout Scripture, we can read examples of God lifting up the humble and exalting them while He brings down the proud and humiliates them.

Christ continues on to teach His disciples how they ought to pray, “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’ For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.”— Matthew 6:7-15

Christ’s model prayer for His audience was not an extravagant, jargon-filled presentation. It was just Christ speaking to His Father in the same way that He would speak to anyone else. He wasn’t trying to impress anyone, and He showed the same meekness and humility that He always showed. 

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