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April Devotions
  1. No Other Gods
  2. No Idols
  3. Don't Misuse God's Name
  4. Remember the Sabbath
  5. Honor Your Father & Mother
  6. Don't Murder
  7. Don't Commit Adultery
  8. Don't Steal
  9. Don't Lie
  10. Don't Covet
  11. The Law Reveals Sin
  12. All Have Broken the Law
  13. Pray for Understanding of the Law
  14. Pray for the Power to Keep the Law
  15. The Law Requires Perfection
  16. The Law is Holy, Just, & Good
  17. Obedience of the Heart
  18. Jesus Fulfilled the Law
  19. The Law is Absolute and Ongoing
  20. No Justification by the Law
  21. The Law Brings Wrath
  22. Obedience is Love
  23. Law on Our Hearts
  24. Free from Bondage
  25. Free from the Curse
  26. Jesus Abolished the Law
  27. Believers are Dead to the Law
  28. Christians Live by the Law
  29. Love is Law
  30. The Final Word
Exodus 20:13

"You shall not murder."


April 6

Don't Murder

Of all the commandments, this one appears to be the easiest to follow and what we would consider the worst of offenses.  It is easy to try to compare sins and justify the sins we commit by acknowledging that at least we're not doing something greater.

God calls for stiff penalties for murderers because man was created in His image.  But murder should not be thought of as just the physical taking of someone's life.

We can kill someone with our words just as we can kill them with our hands.  We can kill someone's reputation through lies or even telling the truth.  We are called not just to speak the truth but to do so in love.  Jesus talks about this in Matthew 5:21-22.

"You have heard that it 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."

Raca is a term of contempt - a person is frustrated with another or even despises them.  It is expressing their feelings toward someone.  But calling a person a fool is attacking their character and thus killing.  Even this is murder.  We can murder with our mouths even more easily than our hands. 

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