Text: Matthew 5: 22
Memory Verse: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause, shall be in danger of the judgment Matt 5:22
CHRIST’S DECLARATION ON ANGER: Matt 5:22, Luke 4:28,29, 2 Kings 5:8-12Jesus being God as well as Man, was with the Father, the original giver of the law. He had the revelation, the inspiration, the insight, the authority, the right to expound and explain the real meaning of the law in every detail. Hearing His declaration on anger, His hearers couldn’t help but say, “Never man spake like this Man”(John 7:46).
Christ condemns anger, the evil, injurious, dangerous temper that precedes doing harm to others. Anger, the inward hot displeasure, the internal heat of wrath, indignation against our brother or neighbor was condemned by Christ, the final Judge of all flesh.
The Pharisees so interpreted God’s law as to outlook anger in every form and also to excuse angry people from all blame. Their interpretation made them feel that they were righteous when indeed they were guilty, condemned before God, and under the judgment of God. Satisfied and complacent, their conscience went to sleep at the threshold of the eternal furnace of fire. False interpretation is deceptive and dangerous to our souls.
JUSTIFIABLE ANGER OF THE JUST: Matt 5:22, Gal 3:1-3, 1Cor15:34-38‘Be ye angered, and sin not” our anger must be against sin, only against sin; we must not be angry with the sinner. There should be no intention to injure, hurt, retaliate or revenge. We are angry at sin, evil, injustice, and corruption but we are full of sorrow and prayerfully mourning for the sinner.
“Ye that love the Lord, hate evil” (Psalm 97:10). We hate evil, yet we do not desire the destruction of the evil-doer, we desire his representative as well as the protection of God’s people from his corrupting influence. We should feel a sense of anger, a feeling of displeasure, as we view sin, unrighteousness, and everything that is evil.
God hates evil and so must we. God’s anger is displayed against sin in every form, so we must display anger against sin whenever it is found and in whomsoever, it is found. The holier we become, the more anger we shall feel against sin, and the more eager we shall be to see sinners saved, cleansed, transformed, and obedient to God’s Word.
HOME CELL STUDY
Avoid the Wrong Company
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27:17A wrong company is a company that has the potential to corrupt a person and prevent him from fulfilling his divine assignment. Your company determines your destiny; who you follow to determine what follows you. If you are an eagle, company with eagles, avoid the company of vultures because vultures eat corruption while eagles do not. In the same manner, if you are a lion, do not company with hyenas, because hyenas eat rotten meat while the lion does not eat anything that is rotten. Never keep the company just for socialization, instead, keep the company for positive impartation. Do not make friends just for fun, make friends for fire. Connect with those who can fuel your fire and plan your enthusiasm. Now, there are some friends you may need to disconnect from if you must achieve your aim. Anybody who is not going in your direction does not deserve your association. Anyone who talks evil of your church or pastor does not deserve your association. The truth is that friendship is not by force but by choice. Love is a command but friendship is a choice. You are to love liberally but relate selectively.
Question: What is the wrong association?