MURDER SOMEONE? NOT ME…NEVER!
INTRO: Most of us believe that the sixth commandment tells us not to kill. However, the correct translation is the word murder. There is a progression to murder that begins with unmet expectations. When we follow the principle behind this commandment, which is to love our neighbor, we will thwart Satan’s efforts to draw us into sin.
I. There is more to murder than the act itself.
> 1 John 3:15 says whoever hates his brother is also guilty of murder.
- We should be concerned about the things that lead to murder.
- Satan is in the middle of this.
> Unfulfilled expectations are the basis for the emotions that can lead to murder.
- When our expectations are not met, we become offended.
- When we stew over the offense, it leads to anger.
- Anger leads to hate and rage.
- The first murder in the Bible was because of anger.
- Cain became angry and killed his brother (Genesis 4:3-8).
- Hate can lead to murder.
- If anyone hates his neighbor and strikes him and kills him, he should die (Deuteronomy 19:11-12).
- Those who unintentionally killed someone were provided protection (Joshua 20:1-6).
> None of us are guiltless when it comes to murdering with our mouths.
- Many people who are behind the wheel engage in vile, hateful behavior.
- Good people are not exempt from the temptation to allow thoughts and words that disparage others.
- Demeaning thoughts toward others can lead to using profane language.
- This pleases Satan.
II. Offense leads to anger.
> It is difficult to associate with people who are easily offended.
- An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with bars (Proverbs 18:19).
- We shouldn’t believe that people just have to accept our offensive behavior.
- Many will turn away from Me and betray and hate each other (Matthew 24:10).
> Jesus taught with wisdom and people were offended by Him.
- People saw Jesus as the carpenter’s son; they were angry that He said He fulfilled the Scripture reading in Isaiah (Luke 4:14-30).
- They were offended because he didn’t meet their expectations.
- They expected that Jesus would be their long-awaited king.
- They were offended by his wisdom and His claim to be God.
- Jesus is referred to as a stumbling block (Romans 9:33).
- Jesus will be either a stumbling stone or the Rock upon which we build the foundation of our lives.
- Whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame.
> Anger is an emotion.
- We can be angry and not sin.
- Anger can be our ally.
- If we are upset about something, we can choose to do something worthwhile about it.
> Things bother us, but we need to learn how to deal with it.
- We may have a tendency to blow up.
- We’ve all done it.
- This is because of unresolved anger, something that happened a long time ago.
- Unresolved anger can explode; we need to resolve it.
- Unresolved anger causes us to hate.
III. God wants us to love and forgive.
> The principle behind this commandment is to love our neighbor.
- Romans 13:9: "The commandments... are summed up in this one command: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'”
- Joseph’s brothers hated Joseph because their father favored him (Genesis 37:4).
- When they saw him coming from afar, they conspired to kill him (Genesis 37:18).
- Even though his brothers hated him and plotted to kill him, Joseph forgave them.
> Forgiveness comes before love.
- It is hard to love when we have unforgiveness toward someone.
- Matthew 5:43-44: "You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!"
- We love our enemy by choosing to forgive.
- If we feel we need to earn our forgiveness, we will make others feel that they have to earn our forgiveness.
- We are set free by forgiveness.
- Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.
- Forgiveness leads to love.
- We all need a lot of forgiveness from others and from Jesus.
- We also need to forgive others.
- Grace comes before forgiveness.
- We give grace to those who offend us.
- “Freely you have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8).
- We are saved by God’s graciousness.
- Grace means release.
- We are released from prison, and we release others.
- We release them to God.
- God released us from the punishment of sin and judgment.
- The Holy Spirit will speak to us about the areas upon which we need to work.
CONCLUSION: The sixth commandment deals with murder and the things that lead to murder. It is a progression. It is a strike of the match that leads to a forest fire. We shouldn’t feel condemned but, rather, convicted about the things we need to work on to find healing. We need to practice being kind and loving and gracious to others as God is gracious to us. How great is the love that the Father has lavished upon us! Let the world see it in us, that we have the love of the Father within us.