“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. Matthew Chapter 5 Verses 21 & 22
Jesus is telling us that expressing anger to those people near us is against God’s law, and God will judge us harshly. Putting people down verbally in any way is harmful to the other person and you. The critical point about this lesson is that by controlling your anger, you improve your life in addition to sparing the other person. You will experience less stress, and you are much more likely to find a workable solution to a bad situation that is agreeable to everyone.
It is essential to spend your energy working on ways to make life better for you and those people around you, not make sure someone knows how much you resent them.
Many years ago, I worked with a person who always seemed to find a way to take credit for the work of others. I resented him because he hid the contributions of other people, including me. I felt bad a couple of times because I exposed some of his mistakes to other people in the company. I communicated his mistakes because of my anger, not because of the results of his mistakes. Afterward, I felt terrible about my choice to expose him. I remembered the lesson I learned while playing football, play for the team, and do not be concerned with personal credit. Years later, I studied the Sermon On The Mount and learned that playing for the team, not myself was the subject of a significant Christian Lesson. Since that day, I remembered not to allow anger to affect my life.
When we follow God’s Law, we improve our own lives along with the lives of those around us. It is critical to have discipline and not allow anger to hurt ourselves and other people.
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