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Summary: Tonight we will learn the true intent behind the Law “Do not commit murder”, we will see that Murder is simply the symptom of the real problem, which is anger. Tonight we will learn how serious anger really is.

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Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount Part 5

Is Anger really that bad?

Matthew 5:21-26

Introduction

Have you ever been angry? Anger is a reality in our daily lives. There is a term for anger on the road and it’s “road rage.”

The Desert News in Salt Lake City ran a story about two individuals that got in an altercation. Two individuals are at a stop light in the early morning hours, one behind the other. The light turns green and the first car doesn’t move fast enough for the second. Both parties wave at each other without using all their fingers, then the second individual pulls out a 357 and fires four shots into the car. One of which hits his middle finger.

Isn’t it interesting how anger can take something so small as a light going from red to green and can escalate in our lives until it escalates to the point of violence.

Jesus in this passage begins a section of His sermon on the mount that is commonly called the antithesis statements. Which means he takes a Law that the Jews followed and he contrast it with what God truly intended for the Law to mean.

Tonight we will learn the true intent behind the Law “Do not commit murder”, we will see that Murder is simply the symptom of the real problem, which is anger. Tonight we will learn how serious anger really is.

Read Scriptures: Matthew 5:21-26

I. Anger is a serious offense in God’s sight.

Vs. 21-22 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ’Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ’Raca,’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ’You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.”

Murder is deeper than just he outward act. It is an inward act: anger, bitterness, enmity. Murder is born from within. From an uncontrolled spirit, from an unregulated urge, from an inner anger.

Anger itself is the real sin, anger is a serious offense in God’s sight: bitterness, wrath, hatred, slandering, gossip, fury, desiring a to hurt a person. The reason it is so serious is because God knows what unchecked anger can do inside the heart and mind of a human being, add to it the ever temptation of the enemy then you have a poisonness mixture with the real potential to commit the act of murder. Unchecked anger is a serious offense in God’s sight.

II. Anger grows

Vs. 22 “But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ’Raca,’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ’You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.”

Unresolved anger will fester. It can become uncontrollable and give birth to murder. There are three steps in the growth of anger

1. Anger lingers, it broods, it sometimes seeks revenge.

2. Anger is fed by pride. It says that whatever trouble comes on a person is deserved.

3. Anger seeks to destroy. “Raca” is anger with malicious intent. I am so angry I want to destroy you in every way possible.


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