27 January, 2019 – The Lord presents the first of the six examples of the righteousness of the children of God in Matthew 5:21-26. The interpretation of commandment ‘You shall not murder’ cannot be limited to its ‘letter’, and doing so would be to define it in a way that helps us to justify ourselves only. We see this kind of heart in believers very often. A good example is the story of the rich young man in Matthew 19 who asked the Lord what things he must to do to get eternal life. But when Jesus tells him that to have eternal life means to have the same heart the Father has towards us – to live a life of sacrificial love and self-emptying, which we call the gospel – he leaves sad, unable to follow Jesus because of his self-righteousness.