So, I’m a little unsure about this move, but I’ll go for it anyway. Thankfully, the chances of more than 10 people reading this are slim, and the chances of that many people clicking on the link below are even slimmer 🙂
I preached at church a couple of weeks back. It was on this passage:
21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgement.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgement; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. 23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25 Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. 26 Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.
Here are a couple of things I said.
This passage is the first of six where Jesus illustrates what he’s just said about the law. In these six illustrations, Jesus speaks with authority, he explains the purpose of the law and the nature of the law.
He’s speaking about anger in this passage, and by putting it on a par with murder, He is asking us to take anger as seriously as murder. And I don’t have a leg to stand on.
Anger needs to be dealt with urgently. The image of someone leaving a sacrifice at the altar is one of serious inconvenience – leaving a live sacrifice midway is inconvenient, but that’s what Jesus tells people to do.
I need to deal with anger. For me, the two most obvious areas are in my dealings with other drivers on the road, and in my dealings with my sons. Both of these are areas where I need act. As I said in the sermon; when I get cut up by another driver, I might have every right to be angry, but I also have a brake pedal and a relationship with God.
Anyways, I know that there are a bunch of people out there who preach all the time, but if you fancy listening to it and commenting, I’d appreciate it 🙂 (And if you do, bear in mind the ‘time for reflection’ was actually around 40 seconds – it’s been edited for the web!)
How about you?
In what areas do you struggle with anger?
What do you do to address anger and be reconciled to others?