Are You a Killer?

Posted: November 4, 2011 in Uncategorized
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The Ten Commandments say, “Thou shalt not kill.” It is pretty clear. And yet many people are daily killers. Listen to Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” So ask yourself, when you speak, do you enpower life, or death?

Growing up we were taught to say, “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” But when know that is not true. Words can devastate, kill someone. Or they an give them encouragement and life.
Other times when someone said something hurtful, we would say, “I am rubber, you are glue. What you say, bounces off me and sticks to you.” And yet once spoken, words stick to us and continue to hurt us, often throughout our lives.

Negative people speak negative words. And there is something contagious about that, sucking many into the circle of malicious speech. Sometimes we call it gossip. Sometimes we excuse it because we are only listening. We couch it in terms of a “prayer request”, but it is gossip. When you speak negative words, they take on a journey to kill. It is your own hurt that typically causes you to do it.

Are you killing joy? Are you killing peace? Are you killing the work of God in the world around you? Are you killing your children? Are you killing your spouse? So easy to throw out killing words. Why not be a life giver today? Enpower people to reach their full potential in Christ. Speak words that are a blessing.

As my momma used to tell me, “If you cannot say something positive, don’t say anything at all?”

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