Obeying the Spirit of the Law

March 11, 2017

“You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment” (Matthew 5:20-26)

When Jesus was speaking to the Pharisees in today’s Gospel, He was not just re-hashing Commandment #6. He was expanding on it. We can’t simply check off the box and say, “No problem, I would never kill anyone.”

“You shall not kill” is not limited to the taking of another human life.

We are in violation of the sixth commandment if…

…we are engaged in a dispute with a friend and refuse to offer forgiveness, killing the relationship.

…we are continually negative and non-supportive with others, killing their spirit.

…we engage in gossip and innuendo, killing someone’s reputation.

…we turn our backs on those greatest in need, killing their human dignity.

Take some time to reflect on the Ten Commandments today. Read deeper into each commandment. Be sure you are obeying not only the law, but the spirit of the law as well.

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