Matthew 5:20 – Exceeding Thankfulness

Matthew 5:20
For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

-This is an important teaching to remember for Thanksgiving.  In this season, everyone is looking for a reason to be thankful and expressing that appreciation in feasting and celebration.  While it is true that the whole world has cause to be thankful (for God is good to the just and the unjust- Matthew 5:45), those of us who are saved have extra cause to be thankful.  It follows that just as Jesus taught that our righteousness should exceed the righteousness of the world, so too should our thankfulness exceed the thankfulness of the world.  The Lord has given and forgiven much; we should love and praise much in return. (Luke 7:47) By the way, if you haven’t trusted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior- hurry up so you can celebrate with the rest of us!

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