At Least I Didn't Murder Anyone
- Jesus calls us to a higher standard than just "not murdering" - he says anger and insults make us liable to judgment.
- Anger and conflict are common in the world, but disciples are called to live differently.
- Righteous anger has its place, but we are warned not to sin in our anger.
- Our relationships with God and others are interconnected - we can't compartmentalize.
- If someone has a grievance against us, we should seek reconciliation as much as possible, even if we think we are right.
- In conflicts, we can either fan the flames or work to extinguish the fire. Disciples are called to reconcile.
- This can be difficult but relationships are worth the effort, especially in a small community where we will keep seeing people.
- God wants our lives to have integrity and wholeness under the Lordship of Christ.
- Why do you think we tolerate anger and conflict more than obvious sins like murder? How should Jesus' words challenge us?
- When have you seen "righteous anger" become unrighteous? What warnings might this passage give for how we express anger?
- How have you compartmentalized your relationship with God from relationships with others in unhelpful ways? What would greater integration look like?
- What relationships in your life are broken or strained right now? What do you think "as much as it depends on you" might look like to seek reconciliation?
- What makes having difficult relational conversations intimidating? What advice would you give someone to overcome those fears or anxieties?
- How can we as a church do a better job modeling reconciled relationships and peacemaking rather than mirroring the conflict and anger we see in culture?