Matthew 5 Verses 21-22

We are told in this section of scripture not only not to kill, but do not even be angry with our brethren without cause.  We are also warned not say Raca (intellectually empty/A godless reprobate).
KJV Matthew 5:21-22
21.  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:
22. But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

I. Thou Shalt not Kill

The noted “Ten Commandments”
KJV Exodus 20:1-17
 1.  And God spake all these words, saying,
 2.  I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
 3.  Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
 4.  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
 5.  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
 6.  And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
 7.  Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
 8.  Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
 9.  Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
 10.  But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
 11.  For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
 12.  Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
 13.  Thou shalt not kill.
 14.  Thou shalt not commit adultery.
 15.  Thou shalt not steal.
 16.  Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
17. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

(Note:  We are no longer under the Old Law {Romans 7:1-6 &Colossians 2:14}, yet the only command that is left out of the New Law is Keeping the Sabath Holy, we are to worship on the first day of the week {Acts 20:7}).

Love will help in obeying the commands of God
KJV Romans 13:9-12
 9.  For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
 10.  Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
 11.  And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
12. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

II. Who is my Brother?

Those baptized into Christ
KJV Galatians 3:26-27
26.  For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
 27.  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

The Righteous doers – Followers of Gods word
KJV 1 John 3:10-11
 10.  In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
11. For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

III. The Angry and foolish sayings

If we have a problem with a brother we need to handle it right
KJV Matthew 18:15-22
 15.  Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
 16.  But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
 17.  And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
 18.  Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
 19.  Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
 20.  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
 21.  Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
22. Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

No corrupt communications
KJV Ephesians 4:29-32
 29.  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
 30.  And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
 31.  Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
 32.  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

Brotherly love
KJV Romans 12:9-15
 9.  Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
 10.  Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
 11.  Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
 12.  Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
 13.  Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
 14.  Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
15. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

Let that love continue
KJV Hebrews 13:1
1. Let brotherly love continue.

Are you in Christ?  Do you have the Love of God burning in your heart?  Has your heart been pricked?

Hear the invitation:
Romans 10:17
John 8:24
Acts 17:30
Romans 10:10
Acts 22:16

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