“You shall not murder.”
Are You A Murderer?
You are probably reading this and wondering why in the world would this be the scripture for today. Most, all, people know that the intentional killing of a person is a sin. You don’t even have to be a Christian but you know that murder is morally wrong. You would think that no one in their right mind would ever intentionally kill someone else. However in today’s world we need to biblically teach that murder is a sin and the Sixth Commandment.
Cain killed his brother Abel. Moses killed an Egyptian. David killed Goliath and had Uriah killed. Paul had Stephen stoned to death and was responsible for persecuting and killing Christians. As you can see there were many key people in the Bible who committed murder or were part of the act of murder. There are many occasions in the Bible that hundreds and thousands were killed because of one person. We need to teach, “You shall not murder.”
Jesus intensified it and took murder to another level. You may be thinking right now that you have never murdered or killed anyone so you are good. Jesus said in Matthew 5:22 anyone who is angry with his brother is guilty of the same judgment of murder. That is serious. Because we have anger in our hearts toward another person we too can be just as guilty as someone who has committed murder. Paul says if your enemy is hungry you must feed him, not kill him. Murder stems from a condition of the heart. Jesus says because you have hatred or anger toward someone you are a murderer. If you have hatred or anger toward someone it is time to get things right with them.
Lord, I don’t want to be a murderer. Help me to love instead of hate. help me to forgive just as I am forgiven.