Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
You have heard that our ancestors were told, 'You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.' But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.
Our Teacher expands the scope of God's truth to a depth most of us don't consider. Like a sword, He cuts through superficials to expose the intentions of our hearts:
Because our appearances, words and deeds stem from the health (or disease) of our hearts. Like the best master gardener, He knows a root's condition rules the plant.
Even so, imagine the public shock when the miracle-working Man of God compares anger and hatred to murder. If so, is everyone a murderer?*
Yes! 'We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind' (Isaiah 64:6, NLT).
Therein, consider some strong conclusions:
1. Intentions matter to the God of love.
2. Nothing is private, so confess your sins.
3. Thank God for the cleansing Blood of Jesus.
4. Never let anger or hatred simmer.
5. Instead, settle disputes and/or forgive.
## Gotcha's Demons: Hatred & Murder (Part 26)
* Referenced Article: Are You A Murderer?
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Gotcha! series.