Hear the full audio of "First, Be Reconciled"

A sermon on Matthew 5:17-26
Sixth Sunday after Trinity, 23 July 2017

Christ does not envision his church as a place where people come to be fired up against their neighbors. Christ does not envision the Holy life of his Holy people as life marked by anger and accusations. Rather, the Christian life is to be marked by reconciliation in Christ—life reconciled to God and one another. He would make of us peacemakers and loving servants to all. We acknowledge anger for the sinful thing it is, confess it and abide in absolution. The soft Word of God’s grace turns away anger.

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