Whole-Person Righteousness and Murder

Matthew 5:21-26

As people pursuing whole-person righteousness, we seek to rid ourselves of all murderous thoughts, intentions, and speech, and to live peaceably with all.

“To have a ‘righteousness that exceeds that of the scribes and pharisees,’ disciples must face the issue of the inner person. Not committing the physical act of murder is good and right, of course, but it is not the true litmus test of piety and alignment with God’s nature, will, and coming kingdom; examining one’s attitudes and speech are just as important as refraining from homicidal violence.” ~ Jonathan Pennington

RESOURCES: ESV Study Bible; The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing: A Theological Commentary by Jonathan Pennington

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