Commandment #6   Leave a comment

“You shall not murder,” Exodus 20:13 NIV.

Have you ever seen one of those statements that makes you want to conclude, “Enough said”?  I remember remarking one time about the bumper sticker that said, “God said it, I believe it, and that does it.”  My remark was this, “Take out the middle phrase.  If God said it, it doesn’t matter whether or not I believe it because that truly does it!” 

I’ve been pondering the very thought of “Enough said” with this commandment, but I believe that there is more to it than that. 

Have you ever had the thought enter your mind that such & such would be so much better if so & so wasn’t around any more?  Feel free to admit guilt here because I have to admit membership to this club.  It’s never easy to admit our sins, but if it helps you admit yours in this arena, then know that I stand beside you.

These thoughts, obviously, are sinful.  To think such things breaks many of God’s guidelines for proper Christian living.  For example, Jesus instructed us to “love your neighbor as yourself” in Matthew 19:19 as he was quoting from Leviticus 19:18.  In another situation, Jesus was asked, “Who is my neighbor?”  Jesus then told the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37).  I love what Paul said in Romans 13:10, “Love does no harm to its neighbor.  Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law” (NIV).

Therefore, it is wrong to have such evil thoughts based upon God’s general principles; guidelines to living the Christian life.  However, Jesus did say another thing that should help us understand why it is critical to leave such thoughts out of our minds.

“You have heard that is was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’  But I tell you  that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment.  Again, anyone who says to his brother ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin.  But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.”  That’s Matthew 5:21-22 (NIV) from the Sermon on the Mount. 

Basic meaning: if you’ve thought it, it is the same sin as if you did it. 

Remember this; we as Christians are called to love everyone.  There is not a soul on this earth for which Jesus did not die.  As God’s people, it is imperative that we share His love with all.  However, there are always people in this world that we struggle to get along with.  God never asked us to love all personalities, just all persons. 

The struggle with sin in our own lives might become a bit easier if we can keep our emotions in check, and learn to love all through Christ.  If we can accomplish this, then we will honor God’s 6th commandment that says “do not murder,” which Jesus then elaborated into “don’t think it either.”  Guard your mind!

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy -think about such things.  Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice.  And the God of peace will be with you,” Philippians 4:8-9, NIV.

Enough said.

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