Murder on the streets of London
There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil, A false witness who utters lies, And one who spreads strife among brothers. (Proverbs 6:16-19)
The whole world was shocked to hear the news of the young soldier who was attacked and brutally murdered in broad daylight in Woolwich, London. Even more shocking was the fact that this was done in front of horrified passers by who were simply going about their business. Not only that but there was also a primary school nearby full of frightened children.
The callous nature of the perpetrators, who sought to exalt the name of their god and its religion, only adds to the general revulsion felt by most people.
This brings to life the very words of Jesus Christ:
the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. (John 16:2)
The teaching of Christ is that we are to love our enemies, bless those that curse us and pray for those that persecute us. In so doing we are Children of the one true God:
You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. (Mat 5:43-45)
Remember, we are to resist the enemy for we are not fighting against flesh and blood. The enemy we fight is that which motivates people, the works of the flesh, and this enemy can only be combated with truth:
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.
(2 Cor 10:3-6)
Allowing anger to rise up inside us unchecked and untempered by the Love of God will only cause us to become violent and even commit murder:
Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. (1 Jn 3:15)
For this reason:
the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. (James:1:20)
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