Re:Verse passage – Matthew 5:17-32 (day three) 

Everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court.”

It’s probably not uncommon to think of a typical person in hell as a ne’er-do-well. But it turns out that the population of the damned might well be able to build quite a safe, orderly city where the murder rate is low and sexual assault is rare. Jesus reveals that an outward display of good citizenship, though, is not the center of heaven’s moral vision. God’s command to refrain from murder, for instance, is intended to form in human beings a kind of heart that doesn’t merely avoid violence but reaches out with compassion. It is possible to hate a person without becoming a felon. Which is why it would ultimately take the “convicted criminal” Jesus Christ to lead us to follow the law of love.

Author: Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson is the Associate Pastor for Counseling and Pastoral Ministries at FBCSA.

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