January 21, 2018 – Pastor Jon Spallino, Lead Pastor
Jesus continues to reach on the new Kingdom principles by showing how his new kingdom completes the Old Testament covenant. Jesus teaches about how destructive anger can be and what we should do about our anger and if someone is angry towards us.
21 “You have heard that it was said to the men of old, ‘You shall not murder,’ and ‘Whoever murders shall be guilty before the court.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who continues to be angry with his brother or harbors malice against him shall be guilty before the court; and whoever speaks [contemptuously and insultingly] to his brother, ‘Raca (You empty-headed idiot)!’ shall be guilty before the supreme court (Sanhedrin); and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of the fiery hell.
23 So if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and while there you remember that your brother has something [such as a grievance or legitimate complaint] against you, 24 leave your offering there at the altar and go. First make peace with your brother, and then come and present your offering. 25 Come to terms quickly [at the earliest opportunity] with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way [to court], so that your opponent does not hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you are thrown into prison. 26 I assure you and most solemnly say to you, you will not come out of there until you have paid the last cent.
1. Do you feel hatred toward any individual; sustained anger or bitterness?
2.Do any an assessment. Is there anyone you need to make peace with?
3. What steps do I need to take to secure that forgiveness?