If Thoughts Could Kill

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Christ told His disciples, “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment” (Matthew 5:21-22 Matthew 5:21-22 [21] You have heard that it was said of them of old time, You shall not kill; and whoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: [22] But I say to you, That whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whoever shall say, You fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
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). “Angry” here implies a deep wrath or hatred of one’s brother. What we learn here is that God’s command in Exodus 20:13 Exodus 20:13You shall not kill.
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, “You shall not murder,” was not intended solely as a restriction against taking someone’s life. The attitude behind murder—hatred of another being—is also forbidden.

Christ explained: “I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” Why? “That you may be sons of your Father in heaven… Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:44-45 Matthew 5:44-45 [44] But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which spitefully use you, and persecute you; [45] That you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
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, 48).

God was willing to send His Son to die for us. If anyone has a right to hate someone else, God does. And yet, we read that “God so loved the world” (John 3:16 John 3:16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
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)—so much so that He wants to include its people in His eternal family.