But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be
liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.
Some say the Sermon on the Mount sets an impossible standard, which any attempt to meet only leads to failure and
legalism. Some say it is the description of a “super saint.” But neither extreme uses Gospel eyes. First, when Christ
teaches that we should love our brothers, He expects us do just that. An unattainable command does not remove the
command. Second, the Gospel teaches both that Christ took the punishment for our failure and that He gives us new
hearts that truly love peace and unity. What’s more, we “on Earth have union with God the Three in One.” We are
united in Christ for both our forgiveness and sanctification. Therefore, loving the brethren is not a legalistic rule, but
an eternal opportunity and Gospel reality. —Nathan
Key Words: Love, Life, Hatred, Death, One Another
Keystone Verse: We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers.
Whoever does not love abides in death. (1 John 3:14)