Adam’s Devotional – June 14-20, 2018

From Adam… 

Rip, roast, burn, and tear down are just a few of the words we use to describe making fun of each other.  In some groups it’s a sport: the better you rip, the better you are.  The fact that we use these words means we intuitively know that we are breaking others down rather than building them up when we have fun at another’s expense.  Even that phrase, “another’s expense” is significant. The ripping victim is the one paying for it, and the ripping perpetrator is the one enjoying it. Number 6 of 10 is thou shall not murder. When we hear that, we think, “easy . . . not often tempted to kill someone.”   In the Sermon on the Mount,  Jesus takes it a step further and calls us to not even call each other cruel names like “Raca.”(Matthew) How often are we killing others with our words?  How often are we killing others by what we text or send?  We have a choice in every relationship we are a part of.  We can be a part of life, or we can be a part of death. We can be a part of building people up or tearing others down.  Which one do you think God is up to?  God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

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