Are you guilty of murder?
That sounds pretty serious, doesn’t it?
Sure, most of us would not, with malice and forethought, take someone’s life. That’s good, because it’s the third thing God hates in Proverbs 6.
If you look up the word “murder”, you’ll find a second definition. It is often used to describe particularly difficult circumstances. Traffic was murder, you might say. Getting an answer from my accountant was murder. Visiting my relatives this Christmas was murder.
In 1 John 3:15, the Bible tells us that anyone who hates his brother is guilty of murder. This doesn’t mean if you hate your brother or your neighbor or a coworker that you are actually guilty of taking his life. But that is the seed that, if nourished, will lead to murder. That is what happened to Cain in Genesis 4.
If you want to see what God thinks of murder, just look at Cain’s punishment. God promised that Cain’s life would be full of curses. His work would be hard and fraught with endless frustration. He would live in constant fear of calamity. His daily diet would consist of conspiracy theories that he would believe into reality.
In other words, life would be murder.
God is love. If you belong to Him, you will love others. You’ll have grace to endure your annoying coworker who is always dumping garbage into your life whenever you say hello in the hall. You’ll find forgiveness for the person who cheated you out of your property. You’ll feel compassion for that poor soul who, in a moment of drunkenness, plowed his car into your daughter’s.
The natural human reaction is to hate those who are different from you. You feel jealous of those who do well when you don’t. You despise those who spend their lives getting away with murder.
The only way to love the unlovable is to be loved by God. He is love unconditional. If you belong to Him, He’ll spend a lifetime convincing you that you are loved, no matter what.
Before you knew God, you were one of those unlovable people God chose to love. Once you discover that, you’ll be overwhelmed. You’ll be so thrilled, you’ll do what is unnatural – love other unlovable people.
It’s what God does.
It would be murder to do otherwise.