“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgement: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgement: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.” ~ Matthew 5:21-22
Anger is a natural human passion and all of us at some point or another in our lives have expressed this emotion, whether towards our self or towards someone else. The bible tells us that anger is permissible, yes, and there are many instances where it is lawful and laudable, especially when it awakens the offender/s to repentance and so prevent his/her doing the act again.
But when really does anger become a forbidden fruit? What is the limit or the extent that one can go without bringing himself/herself into the dangerous zone as far as leading one to be brought before the judge, the council or even hell fire? That sounds scary, isn’t it? Well here is the answer. RASH ANGER is described as HEART-MURDER or TONGUE-MURDER
- when it is done so without any just provocation given,
- when one is angry upon groundless surmises,
- when it is to do hurt and commit tongue-murder,
- when it stems from trivial offences not even worth speaking of,
- when it is without any good aimed at,
- when it leads to outrage and mischief to seek the hurt of those whom you are displeased with, then it becomes a violation of the perfect will of God and is then considered “a forbidden fruit.”
Kingdom blessings! Have yourself a wonderful day.