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    Fruity Friends

    Check Your Heart // Part 15
    Matthew 7:15-20 

    We know what type of “tree” (person) we are by what kind of “fruit” (actions) we produce. The proof is in the fruit. Apple trees only produce apples and orange trees only produce oranges - Christians only produce the fruit of the Spirit. 

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    Narrow Gate - Chris Jarrell

    Check Your Heart // Part 14
    Matthew 7:13-14 

    The contrast here is not heaven/hell, but death (or as the original language puts it, “destruction”) and life. Notice the placement of this idea in the flow of Jesus’ sermon. It’s right after the golden rule, meaning that the narrow way of living that leads to real life is a humble life lived selflessly. That’s truly living in the Kingdom of God/Heaven as Jesus did. 

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    The Golden Rule

    Check Your Heart // Part 13
    Matthew 7:12 

    The golden rule sums up the essence and heart of all of the law and prophets (the vast majority of the OT). The golden rule isn’t original with Jesus as Confucius, Buddha, Tobit, and Rabbi Hillel all even use it 20-500 years before Jesus. However, Jesus is the first person to put it into active voice, meaning instead of focusing on how not to treat others, he puts emphasis on the idea that we should be actively treating others well. This shows us the essence of who Jesus is and who we are to be - actively loving others into relationship with Jesus. 

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    Reverse It

    Check Your Heart // Part 12
    Matthew 7:7-11 

    The natural way to read this passage is to focus on the outcomes in the verses: “you will receive… you will find… it will be opened.” That is a passive reading and understanding, but the caveat phrases that lead to the outcomes are full of action verbs, not passive ones. But if we reverse it… we need to be asking, looking, and knocking, actively living a life in pursuit of God. Because when we ask we will receive, when we look we will find, and when we knock it will be opened. 

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