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Anger Management (2 of 8)
Series: Righteousness Redefined
TEXT: Matthew 5:21-26
Last week we saw where Jesus cleared up erroneous thinking that some of the religious element had concerning Jesus violating the Law.
Jesus tells them that He is not abolishing the Law and the Prophets; He is the fulfillment of them.
Everything in the Old Testament, which was the Hebrew Scriptures, pointed to Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah.
The scribes and Pharisees, who were considered the most "righteous" and "religious" thought they were "righteous" because they kept the commandments.
Not only that, they added to the commandments to make sure they were more practical and less obscure.
Jesus said that unless our righteousness exceeded that of the scribes and Pharisees, we would never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Again, none of us can be righteous, or made right with God, on our own.
We are in right standing with God, or "positionally" righteous, because of our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus is going to show in these six antitheses from verses 21-48 how far we fall short of being righteous.
However, because we are "positionally" righteous, we are to "practice" righteousness or obedience.
As Jesus is showing that the righteousness of His followers is to exceed that of the religious leaders of their day, he first deals with the issue of "murder versus anger".
Here are some examples of how you might NOT want to resolve your anger:
A lady once came to Billy Sunday, perhaps the most famous evangelist and preacher of the early 1900s, and tried to rationalize her angry outbursts. "There's nothing wrong with losing my temper," she said. "I blow up, and then it's all over."
"So does a shotgun," Sunday replied, "and look at the damage it leaves behind!"
Jay Adams, who is primarily known for his expertise in biblical counseling, has said,
The prevailing school of thought in modern p ...
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