That surely sounds like a ridiculous question, but it’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about—the people I kill. Of course, this is not a murder confession, not in the flesh at least. However, I’ve done things that kill people inwardly, and as the teachings of Jesus show, this counts as murder in his book.
When we use our words to cut people down, even if we think they deserve it, what parts of them are we killing? Are we killing their self-worth, their ability to trust, their ability to love? Are we killing their faith in God?
When we work to gather possessions yet we do not take the time to care for the needy, are we not killing them also?
When we perpetuate half-truths about the gospel or make lite of sin instead of showing the world that through Jesus there is a way out, are we not trapping people in sins and death? On the flip side, when we condemn whatever measure of faith someone has as not being “full,” are we at risk of weakening their faith or killing it?
When we take vengeance into our own hands because we forget that the Lord our God is in control of all things, will we act compassionately and with righteous judgment and mercy, or will we justify acting harshly or hatefully? Will we excuse ourselves for committing spiritual murder?
The root of all sin is death, and when we really consider this, I think it is an evident fact. Take some time to consider it. How might hate, pride, vanity, lust, greed, lying, and all the like kill people around us? Anything that we consider sin has some negative affect that brings death, and as a just God, that is why the punishment for sin is death. Who can escape this? The answer is none. Not without Jesus.
As Christians, we are to be followers of Jesus, and what is Jesus if not life?
Of course, Jesus is God, and as God, he is so much more than a definition of a single word. Even so, if we are to follow him, the only killing we should be doing is dying to this world as we trust the Lord to continue working on us so that we are made free from all things that bring death.
I want to be free from death. I want to be free from doing things that kill people inwardly. Instead of killing, I want to be someone who brings life as a living example of Jesus in this world. That is what it means to be a Christian, and I look forward to seeing that work done in me. That is salvation. That is the gospel of the kingdom of Jesus Christ.
I know I quote Isaiah a lot, but there is so much I think we can learn from these writings, as all scripture. I just have a fondness for Isaiah. So, for some parting thoughts, consider reading Isaiah 1. Here are verses 15-20:
I am so thankful for the mercy of the Lord because without that we would all be tried and found guilty of murder, and the death penalty would be our reward. The forgiveness of the cross is an unspeakable gift, and there is nothing we can do to earn it. However, we can honor it by seeking Jesus to heal our hearts so that we do not continue to destroy people.
We love him don’t we? We want to be good and faithful servants and wise virgins with full lamps, right? Today and every day is the day of salvation. Each day is a new chance to continue onward and upward in the things of God with faith that the blood of Jesus is sufficient to forgive AND his Holy Spirit is powerful enough to heal us—even raise us from the dead—presently and eternally. There will come a day of the Lord’s vengeance, and I don’t know exactly what that will mean for Christians, however, sufficient to the day is the evil thereof. Today, we are to walk in the mercy of the Lord and faith in the power and promise of freedom from sin and death.
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