He said:“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment. ‘But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.“Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.
Matthew 5: 21-26
- Why is Jesus making such a close connection to murder and hatred? How are they different and how are they similar?
- What are the spiritual and practical implications of the middle paragraph?
- Is there anyone coming to mind that you need to contact quickly to work matters through?
“Father, give me the humility and courage needed to live out this passage. Open up doors for healing and reconciliation in my relationships. Empower me to live a life in grace that extends grace freely. Amen.”