Bible Study Lesson from Matthew 5:21-26
Besides money and finance, anger is probably one of the most destructive forces known when it comes to relationships, friendships and even business success. What did Jesus say about anger and how it affects relationships?
One point to remember is that, once a temper is lost, the damage is already done.
In today’s Bible study lesson, Jesus speaks of how to handle anger and relationships by making friends of enemies using a quote from the Ten Commandments to illustrate.
Question: What Did Jesus Say about Anger?
“You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not commit murder’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’
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. – Matthew 5:21-22 NASB
Jesus Teaches About Anger And Relationship Issues
This Bible study from Matthew tells what Jesus teaches about getting angry – maybe angry enough to kill! Would you commit murder?
Neither would I .. but, according to these passages Jesus says that, if we become angry enough to murder someone, we have already committed the crime in our hearts.
So, the question comes again, have we ever committed murder? The Pharisees did when they became angry enough to kill Jesus, or at least have him killed.
Now, the physical act of killing another person is against what most humans believe and is a terrible thing to do.
I’m not sure of the direct quote but the act of killing was explained in a Clint Eastwood movie where he explained that killing “takes away everything a person has, or ever will have“. A bit chilling when you think about it.
But, What About Anger?
Is the sin of anger just as great as the sin of murder?
As stated above, we would never murder anyone but we are capable of becoming extremely angry with them.
This is dangerous not only on the physical level where anger can cause a person to lose control but also is a killer of relationships.
Anger and Divorce
Many marriages have ended in divorce because of anger — Arguments over petty things such as money, priorities or the want for power.
Although some marriages are doomed to failure, if those couples would have turned to God, learned the meaning of his law, and forgave each other the marriage might have been reconciled.
“Love God, Love Each Other ..”
Human relationships are important but, even more so is our relationship with God.
My Personal Battle with Anger
Controlling anger is a real challenge for me and is right at the top of my list of sins but, with God’s help, I am making leaps of progress in this area.
We can many times keep from lashing out in anger at another person by keeping our thoughts to ourselves but Jesus teaches that we should work on controlling even our thoughts about others.
No easy task but something we can work on starting today.
God Can Help
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Self control works in many cases but God control is always best!
Love in Christ
If you would like to learn more about the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to read John 3:16 for information.
Read Today’s Verses Here:
New American Standard Bible
New King James Version