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Topic: Outbreak (04/07/11)
TITLE: Thou Shall Not Murder
By Shawn McNamara
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No matter the motive; a jealous moment, a bad day, a personal dislike … imperfection rears its unsightly head. Mere words, simple little words; it was only one small sentence. You can see the outbreak before the last word ever rolls off of his untamed tongue.
A domino effect of hellacious proportion overtakes the room like a swarm of buzzing bees; all with a stinger, blindly killing. How quickly does guilt strike the heart as an innocent victim stands ravaged and alone, on display for all to see? An odd couple locks eyes from across the room; a victim and a culprit for one moment share a mirrored expression.
Still sitting, he can’t move. There’s a lump in his throat. He can’t swallow. He’s not even sure that he’s breathing. In a flash, an icy sweat plagues his face; conviction runs wild within while scripture raptures his mind like a storm.
Romans 1:29 - They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips,
His heart hardened, blackened; even if for only a moment, that’s all it took for the adversary to gain the upper hand. Murder was the case that he was given. His hands were without stain, as it was the heart that killed.
Matthew 15:19 - For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.
There was no blood spilled that day. No medics were needed. No scar to be seen. No arrest was made. However, a minuscule murderous tongue takes down an entire body and an emotional wound is shared by all.
Like a falling from the wall, is the body capable of coming back together again? A faith stands tested. Only time will tell.
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