25 May Matthew 5:21-24

21 “You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not commit murder’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’ 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. 23 Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.”

Here we see Matthew addressing anger. Anger, more than many other emotions takes our rational away. Although murder seems far-fetched, Matthew wanted to convey the importance of controlling one’s anger instead of it controlling you. We seem to get angry a lot quicker with those who are close to us, why do you think that is? Have you taken control over your anger, or does it control you? Today, ask God to help you keep your emotions intact, especially this one.