Fratricide

May 30, 2018 in featured, Sermon Notes, Video

 

FRATRICIDE

 

FRATRICIDE – The killing of one’s brother or sister. (aka: friendly fire; blue on blue)

 

Galatians 5:14-15 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

 

Our greatest threat is from WITHIN; within the Church and within our self.

 

Mark 3:24-25 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

 

UNITED we stand, DIVIDED we fall.

 

Fratricide happens for 3 reasons:

  1. IGNORANCE
  2. MISCOMMUNICATION
  3. PRIDE

 

James 4:1-12 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:

“God opposes the proud

   but shows favor to the humble.”

7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

11 Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?

 

God equates unresolved anger, hatred, evil speaking, and withholding wages to destroying/MURDER. (Proverbs 11:9; Matthew 5:21-22; James 5:4-6; 1John 3:11-15)

 

The Church has a reputation of:

1) FRIENDLY fire / EATING our own

2) SHOOTING our wounded.

 

John 13:34-35 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (1Corinthians 13:4-8a)

 

Let’s make sure our memories are of HONOR not REGRET.