Thursday 14 June 2018
1 Kings 18:41-46. Psalm 64(65):10-13. Matthew 5:20-26.
It is right to praise you in Zion, O God—Psalm 64(65):10-13.
‘The hand of the Lord had come on Elijah.’
Matthew has Jesus ‘lifting the bar.’ Jesus tells those listening that their virtue needs to go much deeper than that of the scribes and Pharisees. Under the Old Law, ‘You must not kill’ was the benchmark, but Jesus expects much more from his followers.
It is no good for us to make offerings before the altar while there is unresolved anger in our hearts. We need to seek reconciliation in all our relationships.
Our challenge is to become peacemakers. Unresolved anger in us creates blockages in our relationship with our Creator God. Lord, we pray for the grace to help us resolve any anger in our heart.