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Jim Haskell - July 14, 2024

The Destructive Nature of Anger

The Destructive Nature of Anger Matthew 5:21-26 1. Exposes A Sense of Entitlement (Matthew 5:21-22) 21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca, is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell. “You shall not murder.” (Exodus 20:13) “‘Anyone who kills a person is to be put to death as a murderer only on the testimony of witnesses. But no one is to be put to death on the testimony of only one witness. (Numbers 35:30) Our inward attitude greatly influences our outward actions. Minimizing the value of another in an attempt to elevate your own value is self-centered and counterproductive. 2. Impairs Worship (Matthew 5:23-24) 23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. Vertical worship is affected by human relationships and is authentic when reconciliation occurs. 3. Leads to Judgement (Matthew 5:25-26) 25 “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny. Peaceful living is not dependent on being right or winning. We are to take the initiative to create a culture of peaceful relationships. Bridgepoint Church is located in Decatur, GA, and we gather for worship in person and online at 10:45am. We would be honored to have you as our guest. Childcare is available too! If you are listening today and need prayer, please send us a message in the comments or email We would be honored with the opportunity to pray for you. Jesus loves you! He willingly offered His life as a sacrifice and ransom for mankind. His victory over sin at the cross and over death is why we call Him Lord of lords and King of kings. We worship him as the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us. God still wants to dwell with His people, and that includes you! If you want more information on what salvation means, please send a message or email us.

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