Daily Devotional Saturday 14th November

by William Moody

Matthew 5:21–26

Anger

21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother1 will be liable to judgment; whoever insults2 his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell3 of fire. 23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25 Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. 26 Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.4

Footnotes

[1] 5:22 Some manuscripts insert without cause
[2] 5:22 Greek says Raca to (a term of abuse)
[3] 5:22 Greek Gehenna; also verses 29, 30
[4] 5:26 Greek kodrantes, Roman copper coin (Latin quadrans) worth about 1/64 of a denarius (which was a day’s wage for a laborer)

(ESV)

The Sixth Commandment
(Shorter Catechisms 67-69)

The sixth commandment is, “You shall not kill” (A.67) and “requires all lawful endeavours to preserve our own life, and the life of others.” (A.68)

It is not enough to be passive and not involved in murder, we are taught that we have the responsibility to do what we can to preserve life. Today that surely has to include actively opposing and praying against abortion.

 “The sixth commandment forbids the taking away of our own life…” (A.69). This clearly speaks against suicide and euthanasia. God gives life and He alone has the right to determine when it is taken.

Jesus highlighted that murder can also be done in our hearts with hatred towards others. We need to be careful not to let bitterness grow, and when we’re aware of it dwelling within us, then we need to bring it to the Lord. Have you bitterness that you need to confess to God now?

Forgiveness should be one of the clear marks of a believer. Forgiveness from our hearts and then actively pursuing peace with others (Matthew 5 v23-24).

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