There are six things the Lord hates; seven that are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes, lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood; a heart that devises wicked plans; feet that haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers. Proverbs 6: 16-19.
Jesus told His listeners and us if one harbors hatred in his heart, he is guilty of murder.
Scripture: You have heard it said, You shall not commit murder.. but I say everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment. Matthew 5: 21-26.
I remember many years ago while teaching a women’s Bible class we were studying the ten commandments, and while preparing lessons, decided I had been guilty of each offense. Finally, we came to the sixth command, which is you shall not commit murder, and I took a sigh of relief: because I had not killed anyone.
But, while studying that lesson, I read that Jesus said if I had anger toward my brother, I was guilty of murder. This is a rather severe and complicated command to fully comprehend, for Jesus was perfect and became angry. But His anger was righteous indignation, and not the kind that leads to murder. Some examples of Jesus’ anger: when He saw God’s house being misused (Mark 11: 15), when criticized for doing good (Mark 3: 11) and when He saw the hardness of man’s heart. (Mark 3: 4-6).
Prayer thought: Heavenly Father, we live during a time when much evil is all around us, and we read and see on television many horrible events that exist. So we need Your grace to be forgiving to some who commit these offenses. Please give us that grace we ask in our Savior’ name. Amen.