to verse 18
sermon on mount is code of conduct from king to his subjects;
v 1-4 says when-therefore - we should be doing acts of righteousness- but not to be seen and show off to others- we live in a world obsessed with appearances 19 million had plastic surgery in 2009-we emphasize the external-
genuine spirituality is what god sees which is the heart - 3x done ' in secret' vv3,6 & 18- who we are in secret is what is important to god - would you want others to see a video of your thoughts, words. imaginings? NO!!! most of us would be totally ashamed!
5-14 when you pray -again it is assumed you will - not as pagans but to god alone ie in secret- do not keep on babbling!- and when we do get a chance to pray publicly don't do it as a chance to show off how spiritual you are! check your motivation!
15- 18 fasting- again when not if - it is assumed we will! practice all 3 spiritual disciplines - wow!
are we prepared to practice our spirituality 'in secret'?
god will then honor and bless it- that is what our king says
another 3x - do not be/ do as -'the hypocrites' -v2 ,5 &16 - it is not about 'me' so when you pray or do acts in public - keep the emphasis on our lord
the challenge then is - what you do in secret not as hypocrites - this is where our genuine spirituality should live, folks!
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