Thinking about my days elementary school, I remember learning how to write letters to others—not emails, but true pencil on paper correspondence! Every cursive letter we wrote needed to be properly sized and spaced. (Fast forward to today, I am not even sure cursive is taught anymore.)
At the end of each letter we wrote, we were instructed to write “Sincerely,” followed underneath by our name. I recall not being sure what “Sincerely” even meant, so I asked my teacher. She said that the word simply confirmed that what you wrote was from the heart and what you meant to convey.
Over the last few weeks, we have been examining the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5, 6 & 7). I truly believe that the end of chapter 7 could be signed, “Sincerely, Jesus.” In these three chapters, Jesus focuses not so much on what we do but why we do it.
For example, we should not break our marriage vows for fear of being caught, we should not break them because our relationship with Christ is precious and we value the union He has created. Jesus would encourage us to care for each other not just because it is the right thing to do, rather view others through the perspective that they are made in the image of God and Jesus died on the Cross for them, too.
These differences may seem subtle, but if we want the world to know we really mean it, we have to be sincere.