God Wants Integrity of Heart (Luke 16:14-18)

The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. 15 He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight.

16 “The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John. Since that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it. 17 It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law.

 
18 “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery. (Luke 16:14-18)
 Learn it:
After Jesus teaches about how we can serve only God or money some of the Pharisees scoff at him. It is telling of their true hearts. Jesus reveals to them their sin and that God knows their true intentions. This leads him into teaching about how the coming kingdom of God has arrived and things are about to change. There is a new gospel that is being preached and a lot of people are wanting to get in. Even though the message has changed there is still a call to integrity. We are still commanded to live ethical lives, but we have the grace and forgiveness of our sins to help us. Jesus brings up one law that is still in effect, that God puts a high value on marriages staying together and not divorcing. Jesus is not giving a full discourse on marriage but teaching the importance of integrity and what we need to be striving for.
 Live it:

These five verses are sandwiched between to long teachings on managing our money. This middle part is the reason why we should be handling our money well. We do it because God can see into our hearts and minds and knows our true intentions. We want to have more integrity than the Pharisee’s had. They were more concerned about their reputation before man than their reputation before God. God wants us to have complete integrity in our lives whether people are watching us or not. A question we need to ask ourselves when no one is looking is, are we living up to God’s standards? Are we always doing things that bring him glory and advance his kingdom?


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