Are you murdering your brother?

All sin is equal in the eyes of God. There is no such thing as a ‘little white lie’. Matthew 5:21-28 tells us that if you hold hate in your heart for another, it’s the same as murder. If you look at another with lust, it’s the same as adultery.  All sin leads to hell (eternal death) whether it’s holding a grudge, stealing, lying, unforgiving or murdering.

Is there someone you haven’t forgiven? Someone that you know you should have let go of a long time grudge but just won’t? Then in God’s eyes, it’s the same as if you are murdering that person.

James 2:10 says, “For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.”

Whether you actually murder your brother (sister, neighbor, etc) or you just have hatred or unforgiveness in your heart towards them, all sin is created equal and all sin leads to Hell… eternal damnation (death).

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

The good news is that Jesus can forgive you. Jesus died on the cross and took our sins on His broken body. He died and rose again so that you wouldn’t be stuck with your sin.

“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.” 1 Peter 3:18

However, you have to ask Him for forgiveness. You have to accept His gift of salvation. Then you have to change… you have to let go of the hate, let go of the unforgiveness…. yes, you have to forgive others.

“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 6:14,15

You can’t do this alone but if you ask Jesus for His help, He will give it to you. First, confess your sins to Him and He is faithful to forgive you of your sins.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

You also have to repent or turn from your sin. Repent in Greek means ‘to change your mind’. So if you are sinning and repent means to ‘change your mind’ from that sin….  it means stop doing it.

“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord”  Acts 3:19

My prayer is that you turn all your unforgiveness and bitterness over to God and let Him help you to forgive others so that He might forgive you. Love in Christ.

 

 

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