“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgement.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgement. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ Will be in danger of the fire of hell.”
Matthew 5 is probably one of the most important chapters of the Bible. Here we see Jesus turn all of Judaism on its head by changing the status quo of the scriptures. He called out the religious and pious of the day. He was trying to tell them that following the letter of the Law was never the intent, but what really matters is the attitude of the heart.
When I give my prayer up to God in the morning and at night, if I am angry with my brother or sister, I am guilty of sin because I have not loved them enough to confront them. If I lay myself bear before the Lord but have not reconciled my family life, I have given an awful stench of an offering to God. It is because my heart is solely focused on me and not on love or God.
This is what Jesus is saying in all of Matthew 5, it is about love. You cannot truly love God, yourself or others until you are willing to let go of yourself. Your heart’s attitude has to change from all about me; to all about them and Him. James tell us not to think to highly of ourselves and to think of others as better. This is the key to the Kingdom of heaven.
Love your brother and sister enough to go directly to them and speak with them. Get all the stuff out of the basement. I cannot promise it will be OK, but at the very least you have followed the command of God and that is where it all starts. God will make things OK, not as you would see it, but as God sees it. You may lose much, but in the end you have gained eternity.
God Bless and Merry Christmas,