Thoughts are equal to murder
Today’s devotion is based on Matthew 5:21-26 - (Jesus said) "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.' But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, 'You fool!' will be liable to the hell of fire."
After referring to God's Old Testament Law (the Fifth Commandment) and how it's unlawful to murder, Jesus destroys any notion we might have of harboring anger or thinking it is somehow less potent than the real act of killing someone. It's one and the same, and Jesus has come to dispense with all of it. It is something to think about the next time we speak harsh words against someone.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, you know how often I break the fifth Commandment by my thoughts and words spoken in anger. Thank you for loving me and forgiving me for the sake of Jesus. Help me to grow in your grace and love so that may please you with my life. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen
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