Writing to the Corinthian church, Paul said, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil” (2 Cor. 5:10). This reality should stir up a godly fear within the faithful (See 2 Cor. 5:11).
Maybe you’ve done something terrible, even criminal. Maybe you have some awful, habitual sins that you can’t overcome. You thought you were a Christian, but now that’s hard to believe. Can you really still consider yourself “saved”?
In Matthew 5:22, Jesus seems to say that if you get angry with someone, you’re guilty of murder. Can that really be what he means? Maybe you get angry at people all the time. Does that really mean that, in some sense, you’ve murdered them?