“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment.”
-Matthew 5:22 NIV
Jesus does a scary thing in this verse. He equates thoughts with actions. He’s saying, “If you’re angry, you’re guilty of murder.” Later He says, “If you look at someone lustfully, you’ve committed adultery.” As if we weren’t guilty before, now our thoughts condemn us! We’re sinners, and the wages of sin is death. If we learn one thing from this verse, it’s that there is no chance of us getting into heaven based on the quality of our actions. We’re sunk. Thank God for grace! Grace means God gives us something we don’t deserve. What we don’t deserve is forgiveness and eternal life. We get both however, because Jesus lived a perfect life and offered it on the cross as payment for our sins. The wages of sin is death, and Jesus paid it. The good news is this: “it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV Jesus died and rose so that you and I could have what we don’t deserve. You are forgiven. Eternal life is yours through faith in Jesus. Live in God’s grace. Live in peace.