At first glance you might be thinking how does today’s reading have anything to do with our weeklong study on “thou shall not murder.” But take a look a little deeper, and you will find this passage has everything to do with murder. The opposite of murder is giving life, and these verses are filled with a hope in eternity that everyone needs to hear.
As we have studied this week, we have learned murder means more than just taking someone’s life physically. The words you use, the thoughts you think, and the actions you take against someone can all be counted as murder according to the Scriptures. While our next steps out of this study might look different, I believe they will all follow one general theme-give life, rather than take it.
In his letter to the Romans, Paul provides us with some foundational truths that equip us to breath life into the lives of those around us. He reminds us that salvation is as close as our lips and our heart. It is not some elongated process. Salvation is not dependent on our works. Our profession of faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior is the one and only way to experience an eternity in heaven.
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13
When I am driving on Route 8 towards the campus of The University of Akron I need to remember this verse! I need to pray it loud and proud for the drivers who cut me off, and incite my road rage. Rather than admonishing them with words of destruction, my response needs to be a prayer that they are saved, or that someone will share with them the truth of Jesus. This might sound silly, but it’s serious. Words matter. Thoughts matter. Even in the privacy of your car. The position of your heart no matter the time, or place matters to the Lord. (Proverbs 21:2)
I wonder who makes you the angriest? Is it those pesky drivers on Route 8? Or maybe someone you work with? No matter who it might, be my challenge for you this week is this: breathe life into their lives instead of taking it away. As the old saying goes “you can’t fight fire with fire,” just like you can’t hope to change someone’s life if you take it.