Matthew 5:21-26, Concerning Anger
Jesus didn’t abolish the law, He strengthened it! Though our relationship with God is not solely defined by it any longer.
Have you ever thought to yourself, when you’ve been really angry, “well, at least I didn’t kill him.”? Maybe not to that extreme, but we all get angry and feel good about ourselves for not acting on our anger, Jesus is saying that the anger itself causes separation and requires reconciliation.
This is, at least in part, why we have the passing of the peace in worship, particularly as part of the Communion liturgy.
“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
Extend peace and forgiveness before coming to the Table.