Summary: Our anger can create destructive tendencies. Jesus wants us to handle it properly.

I. A False Interpretation (21-22a)

A. Observing the Law Outwardly

1. Jewish leaders had reduced 6th

commandment to only an act

2. Only judgment feared was from courts

of earth

B. Neglecting the Law Inwardly

1. Jesus said 6th commandment deals

w/matters of the heart

2. “To be unjustly angry and to express that

anger wrongly is just as evil as murdering

the individual”

3. (Not as bad in terms of severity, but just

as wrong)

II. A Fuller Explanation (22)

A. Feeling Anger

1. The Bible records many condemnations

of anger

a. Psalm 37:8

b. Proverbs 16:32

c. Ecc. 7:9

d. James 1:19-20

2. It is important to acknowledge the validity

of righteous anger

a. Psalm 4:4

b. Eph. 4:26-27**

B. Expressing Anger

1. ‘Character Assassination’ (Prov. 18:21)

a. ‘Raca’ – empty head

b. ‘Fool’ – dull or stupid

2. The focus is the spirit in which our words

are used

3. Through our attitudes, we can be as guilty

as if we have committed the very act

C. Judging Anger

1. Jesus’ terms remind us that we will be judged

for our actions as well as attitudes

2. That judgment could be severe (hyperbole)

III. A Favorable Reconciliation (23-26)

A. The Priority of Reconciliation

1. Any outward service is an abomination to God

if done while harboring unconfessed sin

a. Isaiah 1:10-15

b. Luke 16:15

2. We are commanded to take the initiative

B. The Urgency of Reconciliation (25-26)

1. No time should be wasted

2. Swift reconciliation saves us from grief

now and at the judgment

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