Jesus reminded the Christians of His day that God cannot stand murder. He stated that the law of God stated that if one did commit murder they would be found guilty before a court. At least some things never change. But then he added something else to the equation. Not only are those who physically kill another guilty before a court but also those who commit verbal murder (Matthew 5:21-23).
After looking at the heart of the law against murder Jesus realized that to “make it right” one needed to avoid hating and despising another person. He said this because each human being is valuable in God’s eyes. When we despise another, when we look down at another, when we cut another with our words we commit verbal murder. Verbal murder and physical murder are equally intolerable in the eyes of God.
….Yeah. That’s the same heavy silence I am feeling as I write these words. It’s heavy because I’ve committed verbal murder, even after following Jesus as my Savior. I need to make it right…do you?
Christ on Christian Housekeeping Tips:
1. Remember the our tongues can do great good or great harm.
It’s important never to forget that if we are not careful are tongues can be the murder weapon. Behind the steering wheel, in our homes, at the workplace we have to be on guard. Focus on making your tongue and tool for good, not a weapon for destruction.
2. Focus on seeing what Christ sees.
When Jesus looks at you and I He sees those worth giving His life for. We were worth dying for. Does he love sin because He loved us? Certainly not. Did He speak out about sin? Certainly. But he never cut down a person with his tongue. Be careful that as you engage sin you don’t mistake the sinner with what you aiming at. Ask the Lord to look through the lens of his love when you look at others.
Why do you suppose that verbal murder is equal to physical murder?
Do you imagine that if there were no verbal murder there would also be no physical murder?
Do you have any questions for Christ on Christians?