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Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Sixth Commandment - The Average Murderer

July 16

(Exodus 20:13 NIV)  ""You shall not murder."

(Matthew 5:21-22 NIV)  ""You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.' {22} 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."

(Romans 13:9 NIV)  "The commandments, "Do not commit adultery," "Do not murder," "Do not steal," "Do not covet," and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: "Love your neighbor as yourself.""

God is the Author of life -- the Father of all humanity. Therefore life is a sacred gift from God. We were all created in God’s image. Since life begins with God, the ending of life must also be left to him. It is His to give, and it is His to take. When we murder another human being, we usurp God’s creative authority. Murder is an affront to the Lord of life. It is the ultimate idolatry as we put ourselves in the seat of God.  Jesus took this commandment and broadened it. He taught that we can also murder with our tongues. Our words can kill. When we express disdain for others and diminish them through gossip and slander, our tongues become lethal weapons. So be careful when you shoot off your mouth… someone could be fatally wounded. The world would be a safer place if someone would invent a trigger lock for tongues. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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