Words from the Heart for Monday April 27th, 2020

You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment. But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court…

Matthew 5:21-22 (NLT)

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Anger and Murder

Thomas D’Arcy Etienne Grace Hughes McGee was born on April 13, 1825. He was an Irish Canadian politician, Catholic spokesman, journalist, poet, and a Father of Confederation. On April 7, 1868, McGee participated in a parliamentary debate that went on past midnight. After finishing, he walked back to the boarding house where he was staying. McGee was opening the door to Mrs. Trotter’s Boarding House in Ottawa when he was shot in the neck by someone waiting for him on the inside – a man named Patrick Whelan.

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It wasn’t long after sin entered into the human experience that the first murder took place – Cain killed his brother Abel. It was the first time human death is mentioned in the Bible. As bad as death is, murder makes death even more painful. I can’t imagine how painful this must have been to Adam and Eve, who constantly lived with the results of their sin. It is not surprising that in the Ten Commandments God commands His people not to murder. Jesus takes it one step further. In Matthew 5:21-22: “You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment. But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court.” Jesus always got to the heart of the issue. In this case, He understands that premeditated murder begins with anger. He wants to root out of us anything that will lead to sin. The reason that the world is so violent is because the human heart is sinful. Allow the Lord to root out sin in your heart.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley