Thou shall not kill is one among the ten commandments given by God to the Israelites through Moses on Mt. Sinai. As Christians most of us never go the verge of raising a knife or sword against anyone. But do we engage in character assassination?
When Jim describes about John to Joel, Joel is forced to imagine a virtual image about John. This virtual image lingers on Joel’s mind till he meets John. Just in case, Jim had spoken negative and bad things about John, this virtual image would be negative. In that case, Jim did not physically murder John but his words have assassinated the character of John.
As Christians we are called to think about this. When I started to analyze my life for words that assassinate a person I was surprised that I found many. Just that we utter words without understanding the seriousness and their consequences.
In the sight of God sin is sin; there is nothing as big sin or small sin. So be cautious to refrain from character assassination because it is equal to murder.
Words can be used a weapon to assassinate a person’s character
“She is dark!”, “How did this handsone man agree to marry this fat lady?” “He has a tummy and looks old”
Are these phrases familiar? Like me, I am sure you would have heard such comments from the society. As Christians, is it acceptable to comment on external appearances?
Beauty seems to be the measure of social acceptance. People crave for beauty inorder to be accepted. The humpty number of photograph editing softwares prove the same. The sprouting of beauty products, salons wnd their advertisements on the media would advocate for this truth.
Beauty is a temporary quality that would change. God judges us based on our inner beauty instead of external appearances. Proverbs 31: 30 says, beauty is vain; fear for God is to be praised. Human eyes envisages external appearances. On the contrary, spiritual eyes would prompt to envisage the inner beauty.
“Fear of God is a better choice that fleeting beauty”
The right to be called as an heir runs in the genealogy of families. Other than being related by blood heirship can be acquired too. Heir can be adopted or nominated under the law of the land.
What is the rule to qualify as a heirs of this heavenly land? Matthew 5:44-45a, explains this context. Those who love their enemies qualify as heavenly heirs. Those who bless those who curse them qualify as heavenly heirs. Those who do good to evil doers qualify as heavenly heirs. Those who prayer for their persecutors qualify for heavenly heirs.
Acquisition of heavenly heirship might sound difficult yet with the love of Christ it is possible. Love your enemies because love is not easily angered. (I Cor 13:5) Bless those who curse you because love is not self seeking. (I Cor 13:5) Do good to evil doers because love does not keep a record of wrongs. (I Cor 13:5) Pray for your persecutors because love is patient. (I Cor 13:4) Hence we are called the practice the qualities of heavenly heirs and qualify to be called as the children of the Father in heaven.
Show Christ like love to qualify for heavenly heirship
We ask for many things. At times during prayer our petitions outweighs our praises. We ask for luxury, comfort, money, riches for our kith and kin.
Does the title of this blog sound weird to you? Why would one not ask for prosperity?
In the book of Proverbs, I found a different prayer. Proverbs 30:8 says, ‘give me neither poverty nor riches’. I agree if people pray that Lord keep poverty away from me, but why prosperity too?
The reason behind it is so practical. The author explains that both poverty and prosperity would breech him from God. If in poverty, one might despise or blasphemy against God due to his burden. Our inabilities could cripple us from walking in Godly ways. This is absolutely true and practically possible. Because it is difficult to hold on to God during a scarcity. On the contrary, luxury can carry you away from God. Amist prosperity one could forget to revere God. (Pro 30:9)
Hence, the author prays this one line prayer. It sounded complete, moreover like an one stop shop flash prayer. Probably we can memorize this and use it several times during our day. This prayer is found in Pro 30:8, ‘feed me with food convenient for me’. This same verse in the Bible of my mother tongue is framed to give the following meaning, ‘Lord grant me just what is enough for me’. I have started to practise this prayer, hope the same with you.