If Looks Could Kill

A Form of Murder You've Probably Committed (Matthew 5:21-22).

Very few of us will literally disobey the Sixth Commandment by killing someone. 

But Christ explained in Matthew 5:21-22 that we can commit lesser forms of murder by being angry with someone, having hateful thoughts, even calling them an idiot! 

Perhaps the easiest way to murder is with a dirty look. “If looks could kill” we’d probably all be dead. 

An upraised eyebrow, a condescending shake of the head, a mean pursing of the lips can express ‘murder’ for a minute. I wish I could say I’ve never murdered anyone this way, but I have. I’m actually a serial killer when it comes to my husband, the human being I love most. Fortunately, he’s lived to forgive me.

But I want to quit violating this command. Will you join me in asking God’s help to overcome a spirit of murder, no matter how subtle?
© copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011

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