I spent two Sundays (Dec. 5 and 12) preaching about how we must deal with our anger.

In part 1, based on Matthew 5:21-26, I pointed out that our anger is often sinful and selfish. Like murder, we will be liable to God for all our angry words or thoughts, even if we perceive them as insignificant. So, we must take any anger seriously and deal with it biblically.

In part 2, based on Matthew 18:15-35, I emphasized Jesus’ instruction on reconciliation, forgiveness, and mercy. We don’t just throw away our anger. We also replace it with Christ-like responses toward those who offended us. We do that by pursuing reconciliation, extending forgiveness (and asking for forgiveness), and embracing mercy and love.

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