Re:Verse passage – Matthew 5:13-16 (day three)

“A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.”

Jesus spoke these words to a society very familiar with overt attempts to appear pious and holy. But if you love God, you don’t need to come up with any proof — actions, words, or appearance. Those things are already happening in the life of one who loves God. Later, Jesus would say, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” Again, love is self-evident. He wasn’t saying that commandment-keeping is the next step you need to master after proclaiming your love, but rather that if you love Jesus, you’re already keeping them. Who told you that you have to try really hard to shine? You’re shining. You can’t help it.

Author: Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson is the Associate Pastor for Counseling and Pastoral Ministries at FBCSA.

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