I Could Kill You

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Words On Trial

Of all the things said in today’s lesson the one phrase that sticks with me the most is “Words on Trial.”  The thought of standing in a court of law having to defend my words makes me want to be more carefully about what I communicate.

I’ve become a fan of Snopes.com.  It’s the first place I go when I get email forwards or read disturbing facebook posts.  How often the Snopes researchers bring evidence to light that has been totally ignored by those who created the original post.  I’m assuming that most people who pass these half-truth ideas along are good-hearted.  However, if we are truly desiring to be good-hearted how can pass along material that doesn’t tell the whole story?  Especially when it is now relatively easy to hear another side to every negative story.

As followers of Jesus we cannot allow anger to cause us to be involved in slander and gossip.  Jesus teaches us a better way; the way of mercy.  On the day of judgement I would rather be found to have been too merciful than too judgmental.  “Blessed are the merciful; for they shall receive mercy.”  Now, there’s some words to live by!

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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4 Responses to “I Could Kill You”

  1. avatar Richard Wolfe says:

    Would that all our elected officials in Washington D. C. could hear and heed today’s lesson on how Jesus felt about anger and relationships. Oh the bliss!

    • avatar Byron Fike says:

      The more I read the sermon on the mount the more I yearn to live where everyone follows Jesus’ teachings. “Your kingdom come, you’re will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

  2. avatar Elizabeth Carman says:

    Stephen and I just got to listen to this sermon here in Saudi Arabia. You are still blessing us while we are thousands of miles away!

    Thank you for this timely message, Byron. I too am struck by my words being on trial and want to be careful in how I communicate. May God help us all to be “quick to listen and slow to speak”.

    Looking forward to be home with all of our brothers and sisters there soon.

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