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    Dearly Beloved, CAN YOU KILL? 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
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      Dearly Beloved,


      "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 judgment�" (Matthew 5:21-22a KJV).

      "Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer
      has eternal life in him" (1 John 3:15 NIV).

      We were having our supper that evening when my four-year-old son asked his
      mother: "Mummy, can you kill?" His mother quickly answered, "No, I cannot
      kill, but I can bless people." I tried to help my son by modifying the
      question, "Killing what?" My son clarified himself by saying that he meant
      killing animals. My dear wife still corroborated her earlier answer that
      she cannot kill even a small rat!

      As I was reflecting on the dialogue, I realized that many people might not
      be able to kill even a small rat like my wife. However, such people have
      killed, and are still killing, many people by their hatred thoughts and

      The Bible says, "Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer�" (1 John 3:15a
      NIV. See also Leviticus 19:16-18; Proverbs 26:24-26). There are many
      examples of people in the Bible that confirm this: Cain (Genesis 4:5-8);
      Esau (Genesis 27:41); Absalom (2 Samuel 13:22-28); Herodias (Mark 6:19);
      some Jews (Acts 23:12-14), etc. While some of these people actually killed
      the persons they hated, some conspired to kill before God intervened.
      However, they had one thing in common: HATRED. It always leads to murder.

      You might not be able to kill other people by gun, sword, knife, bomb,
      poison, or any other harmful thing, but do you hate anyone? Are you having
      any grudge against anyone? To God, you are a murderer. The antidote of
      hatred and grudge is love. "Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers
      over all wrongs" (Proverbs 10:12, NIV).

      Can you kill? Beware!

      In His service,

      Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).


      This message was first sent out on December 5, 2004.

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