by Eddie Snipes

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Thou Shalt Not Murder (5 of 8)
Series: The Ten Commandments from a New Testament Perspective
Eddie Snipes

The last five commandments are all directly related to how we should treat each other. Our social culture is held together by God's moral laws and these are all fulfilled through one commandment – love your neighbor as yourself. Romans 13:9-10 explains:
9 For the commandments, "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall not bear false witness," "You shall not covet," and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Just as loving God is the fulfillment of our worship and Christian service, loving others is how we fulfill our duty to keep God's moral law that shores up the culture around us. In the last days God warned that self-love would rule men's hearts and lawlessness will abound. Consider 2 Timothy 3:1-5
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

Notice the one key problem that sets off this chain of ungodly behavior – men will be lovers of themselves. When loving myself is the guiding force in my life, everything in my life will be lived from a 'me-centered' perspective. Not one time in scripture are we told to love ourselves. Why? This is basic human nature and a self-centered love can be very destructive. What irony it is that those who set their love upon themselves fall into sin and spend their lives grasping at the wind as they despera ...

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