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AVOIDING BAD ATTITUDES

June 23, 2017

Friday

 

Matthew 5:22

 

“But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.

 

 

LESSON

 

When God gave the sixth commandment, He did not just want people to refrain from murdering one another. He wanted them to refrain from the hatred that leads to murder. Murder is only the external manifestation of the internal problem. The scribes and Pharisees dealt only with the

external act. Jesus showed that God’s concern ran much deeper. Refraining from homicide does not constitute a person righteous in God’s sight. Inappropriate anger renders one subject to judgment at God’s heavenly court “since no human court is competent to try a case of inward anger.

 

Jesus said the offender is “guilty” enough to suffer eternal judgment, not that he will. Whether he will suffer eternal judgment or not depends on his relationship to God.

 

Jesus was well known for upsetting people’s “apple carts.” In this verse He challenges us to go beyond the obvious sin of murder and to dwell on anger, judgment, and provoking others.

 

Memory Verse: Ephesians 5:20

 

The only disability in life is a bad attitude.

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