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Tip 6 “Don’t Murder”
This is another one of those “Thou Shalt Nots” from the Ten Commandments.
You don’t like “thou shalt nots”?
Well, God thinks they’re very important … if you want to live life well.
So, here’s your tip for this week.
“You shall not murder.”
Exodus 20:13 (ESV)
Pretty straight forward, isn’t it?
Easy to understand.
Easy to apply to your life.
Well, perhaps not as easy as you think.
In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) Jesus explained what this teaching from God really means.
“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’”
Matthew 5:21 (ESV)
Yep, that’s what I’ve heard. In fact that’s what I just read. “You shall not murder.” What more can be said about that?
Well, Jesus continued …
“… But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.”
Matthew 5:22 (ESV)
Anger. Insults. Calling someone a fool.
Jesus equates those to murder.
So this week, as you seek to make “You shall not murder” a habit in your life, follow Jesus’ teaching and …
Choose not be angry with another person.
Choose not insult another person.
Choose not call another person a fool.
I hope you have a great week applying this tip to your life.
Before I go I’d like to share a blessing with you from the Old Testament.
“May the Lord bless and protect you; may the Lord’s face radiate with joy because of you; may he be gracious to you, show you his favor, and give you his peace.”
Numbers 6:24-26 (The Living Bible)
Until next time … be the reason someone smiles today!