Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 9, 2022

“You shall not murder.” – “walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.” – “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness”

Today’s devotion comes Exodus 20:13. 

“You shall not murder.”  Exodus 20:13.   


“You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’  But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court;  and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court;  and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.”  Matthew 5:21.

Q. 105.  What doth God require in the sixth commandment?

A.  That neither in thoughts, nor words, nor gestures, much less in deeds, I dishonor, hate, wound, or kill my neighbor, by myself or by another;  but that I lay aside all desire of revenge;  also, that I hurt not myself, nor willfully expose myself to any danger.  Wherefore also the magistrate is armed with the sword to prevent murder.

Q. 106.  But this commandment seems only to speak of murder?

A.  In forbidding murder, God teaches us that He abhors the causes thereof, such as envy, hatred, anger, and desire of revenge;  and that He accounts all these as murder.

Q. 107.  But is it enough that we do not kill any man in the manner mentioned above?

A.  No;  for when God forbids envy, hatred, and anger, He commands us to love our neighbor as ourselves;  to show patience, peace, meekness, mercy, and all kindness towards him, and prevent his hurt as much as in us lies;  and that we do good, even to our enemies.  Heidelberg Catechism.

“Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer;  and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.  We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us;  and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.  But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?  Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.”  1 John 3:15-18. 

But, there is hope!

“For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”  But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.”  Galatians 5:14-16.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control;  against such things there is no law.  Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.  Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.”  Galatians 5:22-26. 

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:10.

“for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”  Philippians 2:10.

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 1:6.


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