Matthew 5:21-22 (CEB)
21“You have heard that it was said to those who lived long ago, Don’t commit murder, and all who commit murder will be in danger of judgment. 22But I say to you that everyone who is angry with their brother or sister will be in danger of judgment. If they say to their brother or sister, ‘You idiot,’ they will be in danger of being condemned by the governing council. And if they say, ‘You fool,’ they will be in danger of fiery hell.”
This is just a tiny portion of Jesus’ teaching that we call the “Sermon On the Mount.” It’s really cool, but this one part was just amazing to me. It’s basically saying that if you hate someone, God sees it the same as murdering them! Pretty intense right?
Think about it though! If you keep hating people right and left, judging them just because you are mad…not the best route to go down. It’s like murder! We need to be kind to people because Jesus looks at the heart, not just our actions.
The next time you’re angry with someone, don’t keep glowering. Try to find and focus on all the good things about that person. If we do that, we’re one step closer to being like Jesus.
When people were beating him, he didn’t form evil things about them in his head! Instead he said, “Father forgive them! They don’t know what try are doing!” So let’s aim to stop hating and start loving, just like Jesus
The author is a middle school student from Franklin, Tennessee.
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