You shall not murder
Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Exodus 20:13
Exodus 20:13 NIV
"You shall not murder.
Matthew 5:21-22 NIV
"You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.' But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, 'Raca,' is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell.
A Word about Anger
All anger isn’t necessarily bad, wrong, or sinful. The Bible speaks multiple times of God’s anger and His wrath towards people and nations. God's anger is always righteous and always flows from a sense of perfect justice. Because we're created in the image of God, we too have a sense of justice and fairness, and when that sense gets rattled we get angry as well. The problem though is that we’re not God. Our sense of justice isn’t perfect and so our anger isn’t always righteous. More often than not it comes from our own selfishness, rather than perfect and impartial justice.
James 4:1-2 NIV
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God.
Ephesians 4:26-27 NIV
"In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.
Consuming & Continuing Anger
We need to be on the lookout for “consuming anger” that’s getting out of control. Anger felt doesn't have to turn into anger expressed, especially in hurtful and violent ways towards others. We also need to watch out for “continuing anger” that’s going unaddressed. When anger lingers, we become vulnerable to Satan who plays on our fears and insecurities.
Romans 12:19-21 NIV
Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Trust God & Turn the Tables
We need to learn to trust God and leave the revenge business up to Him. For many of us, we're able to trust in the love of God, but we have a harder time trusting in the justice of God. We've got to be willing to let Him make things right in His way and His timing. Beyond that, we're also invited to turn the tables by overcoming evil with good--to resist retaliation and return a blessing instead.