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I Could Kill You
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!