Do Not Murder Part 2

Do Not Murder Part 2

On the surface, the 6th commandment, “You shall not murder” seems like a simple one to obey. But, in the New Testament, there are 2 passages which broaden the definition. In Matt. 5:21-26, Jesus states that the ways in which we speak to and about others can be considered murder – anger, insults, and name-calling are 3 specific examples that He includes. In James 4:1-3, our unchecked passions and desires can be murder as well. Our hearts and our minds are where murder happens. To avoid the murder of anger and selfishness we need the LORD’s help. James 1:19,20 and Phil. 2:2-5a are verses that can help us stay away from anger and selfishness. “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.”

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