The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!!!
Sometimes it seems the simplest of things, can be the hardest of all. Jesus gave us simple commands to live by, to make our life easier and to keep us on the path to righteousness. It is not always easy to follow such simplicity in such a complicated world. Some people may think, “Jesus does not have to go through all the things I am going through”. Aha, but that is where they are wrong. Jesus did go through, experience, and witness a lot of what we deal with everyday and then some. He knows how hard it is for us here on earth. He also wants to help us so that we will become strong and overcome the things of this world.
We will first take a look at the command “Thou shalt not kill…”
“Thou shalt not kill” -Exodus 20:13; Deuteronomy 5:17 [KJV]
This verse does mean a person should not murder, but kill also refers to another behavior. A person can also go against this commandment by being angry (showing anger or hatred towards another). Anger is a natural emotion, that should only arise when there is just cause for it to be evident. However, even though we may feel angry, we are to control our anger in all circumstances.
“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgement: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.” –Matthew 5:21-22 [KJV]
According to Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible (2011), Raca is “An Aramaic word of utmost contempt and scorn, as scoundrel or wicked rascal” and fool is from the “Greek word moros, meaning a wicked reprobate, destitute of all spirituality”.
To keep this commandment we would need to not physically murder, show anger towards, or speak words of anger and curses towards another. This may be a simple commandment, but when are emotions and flesh take over it becomes very difficult to remain in control and obey this commandment. In order to do this we all must keep our focus on God, stay in the word, and pray without ceasing.