21“You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’ 22 But I say, if you are even angry with someone, Some manuscripts add without cause. you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, If you say to your brother, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, if you say, ‘You fool.’ you are in danger of the fires of hell.”
What’s going on everyone! Hope you’re having an awesome day! Man!!! I sure did learn a valuable lesson this past week! Have you ever read a verse and said, “oh that doesn’t apply to me because that’s not something I struggle with at all.” Well, you see these verses above? I read these last week and that’s the thought I had. I mean I’m a generally happy person and I stay pretty positive majority of the time. It really takes a lot to get me fired up and angry about something because of my laid back personality, so I thought, “I don’t really need these verses” and continued to skip right by them.
Then, the next day came. I’m working at a church helping out with the youth ministry there. I have been in charge of this same group of 6th grade boys every week and each week has been a challenge because of how wild they can get. So far, I haven’t experienced anything with this group that really got to me. Well….this night started looking a little bit different. No matter what directions I gave these boys, they refused to listen and continued doing what they wanted to. Even the simplest of directions couldn’t be followed, after watching them disrupt the service that night I had this fire building up inside of me that I had never felt before. I was MAD!!! And I’m not talking about just upset, I was fuming and I had reached my limit with these guys after the constant disrespect I was shown. So throughout the rest of the night I yelled and was more angry with them than I had ever been towards anyone. I hated doing it but I was dealing with anger and I was struggling to keep it inside. I’m not trying to justify my actions by saying all this because I do believe at some points we all need a strong hand of discipline in our lives to steer us down the right path. But the anger that I had sat on me for hours and I acted in ways that was fueled by how mad I was at the situation I faced.
How crazy is it that I sat there and so confidently said, “this verse isn’t for me, that’s not something I struggle with.” Then just a day later, I am struggling with the exact thing that I just overlooked in God’s Word. Jesus was teaching a lesson about anger here in the gospel of Matthew and if I would have really taken His Word in, who knows how differently I could have handled that situation?
This is just a prime example that God showed me that I hope also encourages you today! There isn’t one piece of His Word that doesn’t apply to our lives! There isn’t one piece of Scripture that we don’t desperately need! In the moment we may think, “well, that’s not my struggle, I’m good on this truth, I don’t need it.” In the moment that may look true but at anytime we can find ourselves facing the exact struggle that we just recently disowned as ours. It’s crazy how God works things together like that but what a lesson this is! Whatever verses you come across this week, whether you think they are for you or not, whether you think you need them or not, DIG IN!!!! DO NOT overlook these truths in God’s Word because maybe we don’t need them right now but God wouldn’t put that truth in front of you if He didn’t have a specific reason for it. God’s Word is alive and at work in our lives every single day, it just comes down to us receiving and accepting God’s truths as our greatest need! Every piece of His Word applies to us, is written for us, and is needed by us! Don’t overlook it even if it doesn’t make sense right now, tomorrow may bring a whole new perspective and situation that His Word will be needed more than ever!!!