“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.
Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.
Matthew 5:21-26, NKJV
It’s easy to point fingers at the “big sins.” Murderers, rapists, robbers, scandalous tax collectors – they’re all the bad guys who deserve God’s wrath.
But what’s this that Jesus is saying?
Yes, murder is bad. And whoever murders will face judgment.
But guess what? Being angry at someone for no reason is right up there with murder! Continue reading
After months of playing cat-and-mouse, David and Saul finally had a face-to-face meeting in chapter 24. But it didn’t turn into a sundown shootout. Quite the opposite occurred, in fact. The tables were turned as the mouse found himself in the position of cat – and chose not to harm the mouse. In return for David’s mercy, Saul turned around and went straight home without attempting to lay a finger on David.
So as we enter Chapter 25, things seem to be looking up just a bit. After all, Saul isn’t chasing after David anymore (for now). Continue reading
I was grumpy. Those of you who know me may be surprised by that statement, but believe it or not, I do get grumpy from time to time! Don’t believe me? Ask someone in my family.
So anyway, I was grumpy. As is usually the case, it was over something stupid. My plans had been somewhat changed – hardly changed – but I didn’t like it. I was thinking grumpy thoughts toward my mom, even though it really wasn’t her fault. Honestly, when I think about it, I think I was grumpy because my plans had been sort of taken out of my hands and put in hers instead, and I was resenting the loss of control. Even though the end result was pretty much the same. Silly, right?
Well, as I was grumbling inwardly to myself, these words rose in my mind, “Do you do right to be angry?” Continue reading
I have been reading through Proverbs, and a lot of verses from chapters 14-18 have stood out to me. In looking back, I realized that most of the verses were talking about words or anger, the things I struggle with the most on a daily basis. And I decided to share the verses that dealt specifically with words, because if we can learn to use our words right, then that should cover even the words spoken in anger.
The first verse that jumped off of the page was this one: Continue reading