Week 34 Day 2
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Matthew5:21 ‘You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, “You shall not murder,[a] and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.” 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister[b][c] will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, “Raca,”[d] is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, “You fool!” will be in danger of the fire of hell.
At this juncture I would hope you are beginning to get the picture. Jesus’ whole ethos is so antithetical to the so called “way of the world” that His words her should bring us to the deepest shame and despair we have ever experienced. Who doesn’t hate? Who doesn’t have murderous rage rise within them? No, we don’t act out the rage, we don’t strike out, but the anger we swallow and carry becomes an enormous burden that we carry on our backs like a crushing weight. Look at the writing of Paul to the Romans in chapter 7 of that epistle he talks about his inability in the flesh to do what is right. He ultimately despairs and says Romans 7: 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?
But, that is not the final word. The very next verse of Paul’s letter reaches out to praise the God who delivers him out of his dilemma. 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!