Lenten Day 8: MURDER
MURDER is the unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by another human being.
The name of God that is Elohim means the Strong Creator. He created all things including human beings.
Therefore He alone reserves the right to take life. It has always been wrong for any person to kill.
Killing is only correct when done legally by the government as a consequence for killing of another person by the said culprit.
Yet, Jesus Christ introduces another condition of a person’s heart that will face the same consequence spiritually as a person who has physically committed murder.
In fact in the book of 1John 3:15, the Word of God teaches us that whoever hates his brother automatically commits the sin of murder.
This tells us that murder is not just the act of physically taking a life but can be accomplished through the content of our heart towards other people.
This study will deal with how this occurs and what to do to prevent it from occurring. It will also provide solution to the condition of heart that leads to both, physical and spiritual murder.
CONCEPT OF MURDER
As mentioned above in the introduction, murder is not just the taking away of a person’s life, but a condition of heart towards other people.
When a person hates another, the Bible teaches that such a person has committed murder. This is because the condition of heart necessary to physically commit murder is also hatred.
Hatred is intense dislike. God commanded us to love one another. By loving people we give life. Conversely by hating people, we take life.
Hate is wishing the worst for somebody else. So a person who hates his brother is a murderer. He will therefore face the same consequence that a physical murderer will face.
This is because before God, with hate in his heart, he has committed muder.
DEALING WITH MURDER
So, if we must deal with the issue of murder, we must go back to the Word of God to learn HIS instruction on how to live among brethren.
Jesus Christ taught HIS disciples severally about learning to be humble, loving and serving one another. In fact, He commanded them to love one another.
He said it was in doing so that the world would recognize them as His disciples.
The truth is that it is impossible to do evil to the one you love. Love does not have in itself the capacity to do evil.
Love, in its very fundamental nature is all goodness. This is because it is always thinking of the best for another person.
Love only harbours good. So when we begin to love the kingdom way, we cannot murder any person.
When a person has already begun to harbor hatred in their heart, the only way to help them is to teach them the word of God.
Hatred is removed from the hearts of men by the activity of the word of God in their spirit. So when the Word of God is taught, their hearts are circumcised.
No wonder Jesus Christ while praying in John 17:17 prayed that the disciples be sanctified by the truth because the Word of God is truth.
When the word of God is preached well by a true child of God, it causes the Holy Ghost to begin to move in the hearts of men to convict them and bring them to salvation by the power of the Word of God preached.
When a heart has been circumcised by the word of God, it can no longer harbor hatred. Neither can such a person commit murder.