Minden Press-Herald

Monday
Sep 22nd

Anger and Murder

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 shall say to his brother, 'Raca,' shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever shall say, 'You fool,' shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell." Matthew 5:21-22 NASB

Jesus contrasts the statement from the law concerning murder with His statement concerning the attitude of anger that leads to murder. He stresses that true righteousness begins with one's character and leads to conduct. The word "angry" refers to brooding, inward anger that boils within a person.

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