There have been numerous murder trials through-out history that have been turned into movies or T.V. programs. We gasp at the brutality of some of them, but Jesus in his sermon on the mount, while upholding the commandment on murder, probes deeper into the emotions and then places ‘anger’ on trial. He tells us that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment.
All of a sudden we are moved from the spectator’s gallery to the trial bench. Every one of us have felt anger well-up inside us at some time or another. Often we explode and lash out at those we love. Other times we maintain outward control but burn inside and find ways to get even. Anger is often handled differently by different people, but, it affects all of us and too often leads to direct sin against God and trespasses our friends.
Recognizing anger as a valid emotion is important, non-the-less, it is an emotion we need to correctly control. Jesus knew what it was to be angry…………………the difference being between him and you and I is simply that his anger was righteous. Yours and mine, most of the time, is simply a display of our unwillingness to “whatever.” Jesus forgives our anger if we confess it and repent of it. So……………. Forgiven and free, we rely on his power to manage our anger. May God so bless each and all of us.
Yours in Christ,