In “Life Beyond the Law,” Daryl Watts writes, “As my six-year-old daughter’s birthday party approached, I tried to coach her on how to be gracious about gifts. Even as a young child, she already had a reputation for brutal honesty. I asked her, “What do you say if you get a gift you don’t like?” She replied as sweetly as possible, “I say, ‘no thank you.’” When I suggested that she should say “thank you” and that we would exchange the gift later, she was livid. She stood up and declared in the sternest voice that a kindergartener could muster, “That may be the letter of the truth, but it isn’t the spirit of the truth. . .believers must refuse the temptation to excuse their “small sins” as inconsequential—they must work to keep both the spirit and the letter of the law.”
Living the Sermon on the Mount, 18; 28.
Matthew 5:18 (HCSB) “For I assure you: Until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or one stroke of a letter will pass from the law until all things are accomplished.”
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