To illustrate what he had just said about going beyond “skin-deep” faithfulness in (Matthew 5:16-20), Jesus gives six examples. The first is about anger and murder.
Natural Born Killers
According to Jesus’ standard, we are all murderers at heart. Jesus expects us to be peacemakers instead. (Matthew 5:9)
It is not enough to God if we simply manage to avoid killing others— we must actively pursue peace with enemies; inwardly and outwardly.