Thought #10 — You, murderer
Part of the “40 Thoughts of Jesus” series – know more about it.
“You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not commit murder’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.” — Matthew 5.21,22
Jesus revealed here how God really thinks and judges. God’s court is way superior to the one of men. In men’s court, one can only be tried for murder if he has killed someone. In God’s court, a simple anger without a reasonable cause or an insult to someone is as serious as if the person had killed that someone.
There are many “Christians” who like to “cut everyone a break” claiming that Jesus came to rid us of the Law (of Moses); that now we’re living in the age of the “grace” of God, where the love of Christ redeems us of all sin. The problem is that I don’t know where they got this idea from. Clearly, Grace is stricter than the Law, according to the Thoughts of Jesus. In the Law, I am only tried if I take the life of someone. In Grace, it only takes me to get angry without a cause or call someone a name to be liable to judgment. For me, it is obvious which is tougher.
The moral of the story is that bad feelings kill just like words do. If you do not protect yourself from the grudges, anger, hate, resentment, envy, bitterness, etc…, you will end up dying from within (killing yourself) and saying things that will kill other people with your sharp words.
How many living-dead are walking around full of anger. How many are killing their family members, friends and enemies through their lying words, gossip and name-calling.
Application: Cleanse your heart from all bad feelings against others. And cleanse your mouth, removing words of insult from your vocabulary.
Do you curse? Why? Do you spread hate or free criticism with your words? Do you have a hard time controlling your anger? How could you express your feelings and disappointments without making your heart dirty or killing with words? Leave your comment.
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