21 You have heard that it was said to them of old, 'You shall not kill, and whoever kills shall be in danger of the judgment.'
22 But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother will be subjected to judgment;3 and whoever says to his brother, 'Raca,' [in contempt] shall be in danger of the council; but he who says, 'you fool,' shall be in danger of hell fire. [From the Word of the Lord within: "Do not be misled; anger must be eliminated to enter the kingdom."]
8 But now put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, and filthy communication out of your mouth.
31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice.
|James 1:20 |
20 For the anger of man does not lead to the righteousness of God. [This verse confirms that righteousness is not instantly received by believing in Jesus. Righteousness must be aimed at and pursued. 2 Tim 2:22. Our obedience to what we hear the Lord speak to us leads to righteousness. Rom 6:16. We must seek His righteousness as the highest priority in our life. Mat 6:33. We must patiently wait, by faith, through the Spirit, for the hope of righteousness, Gal 5:5, as the Spirit reproves us for our sins; and with our obedience to the commands we hear, sin is removed from our hearts. When we have crucified our selfish, sinful nature on the inward cross of self-denial, we become righteous. From the Word of the Lord within: "Do not be misled; anger must be eliminated to enter the kingdom."]