“You have heard that it was said to those of old, you shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgement, but I say to you, that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgement; and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’, shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.”
- Matthew 5:21-22
There is a righteous anger as displayed by Jesus when He drove the merchants out of the temple. We can, and should be angry, because of injustice and deeds of unrighteousness, but be careful, as Jesus said, “not to let the sun go down on our wrath.”
Being angry, without a cause, is sinful and similar to murder. The danger is that there are words said in anger that are disruptive, unjustified, and hurtful. Remember, one of the Fruits of the Spirit is self-control. Why call another a “fool” and be in danger of hell fire?
“A Christian will find it cheaper to pardon than to resent. Forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, and the waste of spirit.” - Hannah More
Dear Lord Jesus help me today to curb and control my temper. I choose today to walk in love and set a watch over my words and actions so that I do not offend. Thank You for the manifestation of the Holy Spirit of self-control in me today.