Give Up Fault-Finding

Having said all this, Lord Jesus proceeds to utter a stern warning to His followers against a very common, but highly disastrous human failing: that of finding fault in others. This again is the work of the ego in man. It seeks to cover up its own deficiencies by discovering faults in others. Man is generally so greatly concerned about others' weaknesses and sins,—not that he wants to correct them, but to establish his superiority over them!—that he hardly ever bestows a thought on the million defects that gnaw at his vitals. Who would like to feel that there are formidable deficiencies in one's own inner make-up? Only a spiritual hero would resolutely turn one's gaze within and introspect, carrying on a searching self-analysis and strive to perfect himself. Lord Jesus wants everyone of you to be a spiritual hero, not a vain scandal-monger. "Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thy own eye?" He asks, "Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye." This is very, very serious warning that every seeker after Truth would do well to bear always in mind.

The Golden Rule

The Sermon concludes with the same glowing words of wisdom that is characteristic of every word that Lord Jesus uttered during the course of His spiritual ministry. He does not encourage indiscriminate preaching; the seeker after Truth must be initiated into Its mysteries. He who hungers after wisdom must be fed with the spiritual food of divine knowledge. "For everyone that asketh receiveth... Or what man is there of you, whom if his son asketh bread, will he give him a stone?" The Gracious Lord listens to everyone's prayer and fulfils everyone's pious and noble aspirations. Even so, His Chosen Messengers ought to give the Truth to the seeker in a way that would be suited to the stage of evolution and temperament of the seeker.

The righteous way of life should be pointed out to all: whatever men seek they should be helped to attain by righteous means. It is unwise to preach high philosophy to a man who is starving and is unable to keep body and soul together! You should help him find the way to earn his bread through righteous means. In time he would discover the life divine.

Here Lord Jesus gives the Golden Rule of Right Conduct. What is the fundamental principle of righteousness? "All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them; for this is the law." This is the supreme law of righteous conduct.

The Life Divine

How simple, glorious and grand is the life divine! Yet, "few there be that find it," says Lord Jesus. What we see around us today amply justifies this prophetic utterance of the Saviour: "Because strait is the gate and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life." The objects of the world which promise immediate sense-satisfaction and physical comfort are so tempting that man instinctively grabs at them. But they lead him to destruction—to the destruction of the one great gift of the Lord that serves as the light of his life, viz., discrimination. It is discrimination that distinguishes man from animal. But by leading a sensual life he has degenerated into an animal. "If the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!" How true! If the power of discrimination that the Lord has bestowed upon man be made to subserve the animal instincts of man, the craving for sense pleasures, what wonder is there that he degenerates into something worse than even an animal? Lord Jesus warns: "No man can serve two masters: ye cannot serve God and mammon." Mammon promises immediate physical pleasure which lures man away, along the broadway towards destruction. "Ye are the salt of the earth; but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted?" If man, the crown of God's creation, has lost his power of discrimination; if he, made in the image of God, chooses the path of evil, what will happen to civilisation, to humanity? He will lead the whole world to destruction.

The very intelligence which God has been gracious enough to give him, he will use to support his destructive actions. How many leaders we see in the various spheres of human life, who are but misleaders of mankind! "Beware of false prophets which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves."

How shall we know them? "Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns or figs of thistles?" What a thrilling message! What inspiring words of wisdom! What a clear guidance! Watch their actions. Are they in accordance with the Commandments of Lord Jesus? Do they conform to the Holiest Message of Lord—the Sermon on the Mount? If not, reject them.

You have the Lord's Living Presence in the Words of the Sermon on the Mount. They are not Words. They are the very life-breath of the Eternal and Immortal Lord Jesus. They are simple, direct, divine and soul-stirring instructions directed by a Divine Being to the very core of your heart. Enshrine this Sermon on the tablet of your heart. Lord Jesus from within you, will guide you along the glorious path of Eternal Life to the Kingdom of God where you will forever enjoy perennial peace and eternal bliss. May the choicest blessings of Lord Jesus be on you all.