What must we do?
“You have heard that it was said ‘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 5:21-22)
I don’t want this to be true. I want to trust my anger – that I am right; that I must certainly be right: “That person is a fool! (or worse…)”
But look at what Jesus says about anger: It’s not what I want to hear, but it’s what he has to say. And it’s what I have to do, if I want to be his follower – give up on my anger, because nursing it leads to only one place.
For Jesus – for God – misplaced anger is like murder, and most misplaced anger sits in a heart that says: “Let me fix you, before I fix myself.”