Daily Word Of God
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘For I tell you, if your uprightness does not surpass that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of Heaven.
‘You have heard how it was said to our ancestors, ‘You shall not kill; and if anyone does kill he must answer for it before the court. But I say this to you, anyone who is angry with a brother will answer for it before the court; anyone who calls a brother “Fool” will answer for it before the Sanhedrin; and anyone who calls him “Traitor” will answer for it in hell fire.
‘So then, if you are bringing your offering to the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar, go and be reconciled with your brother first, and then come back and present your offering.’
Today's Pointers on God's Word
As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?
- Jesus warns us about our anger as it can cause harmful effects, grows in our heart and refuses to die. Anger can lead to hurtful words and harmful actions that we will surely regret.
- God always forgives us of our sins as long as we are repentant. Likewise, He expects us also to be merciful towards others. Only God’s grace can free our hearts and minds from the tyranny of wounded pride, hatred and revenge.
- Is there anyone whom you harbour any anger? Pray for reconciliation in this relationship. Ask God for the grace to be freed of the anger and to fill your heart and mind with His compassionate love to forgive those who have caused you much harm or grief.