We all want to believe we are good — we say things like: “I am a good person”, or “that wasn’t my intention”. Did you know that there is a popular saying that says: The road to hell is paved with good intentions — ? Think about that.
The entire human population is made up of people with different cultures, customs, ethnicities, genders, emotions, religions, beliefs and mental health issues. Humans are complicated. We all have the same basic survival needs, but we all have desires that rise from our hearts. What good we do and what bad we do; the origin dwells in the heart. Matthew 12:35 says; A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart.
But how can my heart hold evil in it? Or you may say; I am not the religious type so this doesn’t apply to me. I haven’t killed anyone! OK well than turn away now and read no further.
If you are still reading great you might learn something today. Your heart is a treasure that holds your spirit and its desires. Your mind is also a treasure that you must really guard. The one true way to recognize if there is something wrong with either one is if you catch yourself thinking negative thoughts that lead to negative feelings which lead to negative talk that leads to bad behavior. Just because you say you are a good person it doesn’t mean that you necessarily are. If you engage with friends or with co workers to speak badly about someone else, that is really an “evil act against your neighbor”.
When you do that you are directly impacting the way the person who is listening to you will approach and interact with that person you are speaking against. There are very few people who will not form an opinion based on others’ negative or positive comments of an individual.
I encourage you to read the entire passage in the Bible, Proverbs 6:12A troublemaker and a villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth, 13 who winks maliciously with his eye, signals with his feet and motions with his fingers, 14 who plots evil with deceit in his heart'” he always stirs up conflict. 15 Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant; he will suddenly be destroyed'”without remedy. 16 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, 19 a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
Wow, so just speaking negatively can have such a great impact that it even affects our communities? Of course it does. I encourage you to watch the movie (The stoning of Soraya M.) you will see an evil act committed against a good woman that was plotted by her own husband. But more so, you will also see how her husband also infected her children.
Most of us would not go so far as Soraya’s husband did, but we are not innocent of speaking evil about someone and affecting their lives in some manner. Stop and think, who did you speak of today? Did you bless the person or hurt the person? What were your motives?
Who did you mistreat or snap at today? Are you really a good person who does only good things? Or do you just say you are good because it’s easier said than done and you haven’t “killed” anyone? Or have you?
There are more ways than murder to kill a person — speaking evil against someone is almost as bad because you have destroyed others’ view of who that person is therefore destroying that person’s opportunity to build relationship with others.
Here is a link to other information on “the tongue.”