17 “You shall not murder. (Deut. 5:17)
17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’(Mark 10:17-19)
Thoughts: The KJV translation- "Thou shalt not kill" is not the best translation of this command. The idea is of a violent and unauthorized killing. Christ reaffirms that this violent unauthorized killing is an important concept. Jesus had a high view of human beings. For Jesus, life was to be valued and lived to the fullest. He says "I came that they might have life and have it abundantly" (Jn. 10:10). Naturally, one who came to give eternal life (which begins now) would not be in favor of inflicting death. So, we too should value life above death. God gives us life, and we should be careful to be good stewards of his greatest gift.
Prayer: Lord, help me to value and treasure each moment as a gift from you. Help me to value others and life itself.