Final Part of The Sermon on the Mount 2 by Manatita

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Maxims For Our Children: A Look at The Teachings of Jesus, The Christ

The Wise one continues his teaching to his two children. Here Kanya, the daughter, continues:

Kanya: “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” St. Matthew, 5:48.

Junior: “Daddy!”

Wise one: “Yes, my son.”

Junior: “My friends tell me that this is impossible.”

Wise one.” Yes. I have heard this also. It is always better to avoid those who would sow the seeds of doubt in our hearts and minds. Why do we love children?

Kanya: “Because they are innocent, childlike and fun to be with.”

Wise one: “Truly spoken, Kanya. We love them because they remind us also of the qualities which we once had. We do not like them only for their sake, but because we wish to be like them. Same thing with our Lord. We appreciate His forgiveness, mercy and compassion, precisely because we identify with those qualities, and wish to be like that. That is why St. Paul asks us to be followers of God, and to ‘walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God …” “Ephesians, 5:1-2.

We must give as our Lord gave, and strive to love as He loved, all the while relying on His grace. Since we try to imitate the good things that our parents teach us, how much more important it is to imitate our Lord. Why would He come if He did not think us worthy, and why recommend anything if He did not have the faith that we could follow? Nevertheless, we should always rely on grace:

‘For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians, 2:8.

Junior: “Thank you, father, beautifully explained”.


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Kanya: (reading) “But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth.”

Wise one: “My daughter, we get tremendous pride, when others give us appreciation for the things we do. However, we can become so enslaved by our ego, that we forget our humility before God. We will then be in danger of becoming like the proud Pharaoh (Exodus 10 :3), and not like the humble Daniel (Daniel 10:12)

‘For every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” St. Luke, 18:14. Our Lord then goes on to tell us that we must receive as little children in order to enter the kingdom of heaven. (Ibid, 16-17).

Kanya: “Thank You, daddy. Thank You.”

Wise one: “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal.” St. Matthew, 6:19.

Moths and thieves demonstrate that these things are temporary and can be taken away from you. There are other takers: floods, tsunamis, war and death, to name a few. Our Lord asks us to lay up treasures for ourselves in heaven, where it is safe from these intruders. In other words, the only thing lasting is one’s relationship with God. Besides, earthly things can by nature be so appealing that we become slaves to them:

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”. Ibid, 6:21. We will then miss life’s only purpose: to glorify God. This is ably demonstrated in the following verses:

“The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” Exodus, 15:2.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your father which is in heaven.” St. Mathew, 5: 16.

Junior: “Thank You, father.”


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Wise one: “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Ibid. 6:24

All: “We have heard this one before, dad.”

Wise one: “Yes, my children. I will clarify this beatitude a little more. To find God, one needs to be one-pointed in one’s search for Him and with tremendous devotion. We see this failure with Lot’s wife as she disobeyed and turned around to look back at the city. Hence she became a pillar of salt. (Genesis 19: 17-26). Note also Solomon’s problem’s when he turned away from God. (Nehemiah, 13:26)

When we live in someone else’s house, then we cannot give full attention to our own. We must love God alone. He tells us of His jealousy thus:

“Thou shall have none other gods before me … for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God …” Deuteronomy, 5:7-9.

All together: “Thank you, father.”


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Wise one: “Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” St. Matthew 6:25

Junior: “Can I share my thoughts, daddy?”

Wise one: “Sure, my son, sure.”

Junior: “Our Lord is saying that we ought not to worry so much. We are God’s own children and as such greater than our food, drink and clothes. It is insulting for us to worry, for if He looks after the fowls and flowers, (Ibid, 26-28), then He will definitely look after us who are made in His very image. (Genesis 1:27).

Wise one: “True, Junior, true. Any offers, Kanya?”

Kanya: “Well, dad, he wants us to surrender to His Will and to have faith that He will look after us, like you and mom do. Tomorrow is another day and we should not live in the future, but think of today. If we know by faith that He will look after us, then our duty is to:

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” St.Matthew, 6:33. Do you agree?

Wise one: (happily) “Well said, my daughter. You and your brother are truly wise. I am so proud of you!” Here, give me a hug. (Wise one hugs them both).

Junior: Let’s take a break, dad. Let us eat something and then a little later we can return to chat some more.

Kanya: Yes, dad. This is truly an inspirational subject. Let us eat. We will return later, to talk more about these wonderful maxims of our Lord. – Manatita. January, 18th, 2013

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Very enjoyable...very meaningful...very important. Well done my friend.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Excellent as a teaching tool, as a source of inspiration, as a family worship activity and more. Well done!


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

Thanks Bill,

Gratitude as always, my Friend.

Dora, it's good to know how I can utilise this book to serve. I have seven chapters. Maybe I'll write more soon. Much love and gratitude.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

Inspititional and enjoyable to read. You are a wise teacher. Thank you...


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

I try, Ruby, I try to share in this wonderful world of ours, where the sense of indifference has increased and some has become dulled in senses to the things that matter most. Gratitude as always and have a beautiful day!


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Doris Dancy 2 years ago from Yorktown, Virginia

Manatita, My Friend: This is just another Godly reminder of how POWERFUL are His Words. Reading them, listening to them, and giving them the attention that they so deserve, demonstrates the awesomeness of God. Your presentation here is so beautiful and such an amazing teaching tool. Thank you for again providing us with another chapter in essential life lessons.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

Infinite gratitude to you, my Sweet.

May the blessings of Jesus, the Christ, be with you and yours.


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

It is not often that people turn to Christ anymore. This was enjoyable and inspirational my friend. Well done.

Voted up, useful, and awesome.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

Thank you, my Sweet.

In your wisdom I'm sure you know that once we have grasped the spiritual life, that there is no dichotomy. It is all oneness. Trust that you and family are well. Thank you so much for your kind offering. Much peace.


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vkwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

A meaningful, masterful writing, Manatita!


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

Thank you my dear brother, Victor.

Much love as always. Have a great weekend.


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aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

An excellent lesson. Thanks once again.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

Thank you, my Sweet Friend Deb. Let us go through this first public working day with our usual zeal and goodness. Much love.

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