Posts Tagged ‘murder’

  

“No evil shall befall you…” (Psalms‬ ‭91‬:‭10‬ NKJV)

One of the most infamous crimes in American history took place on the evening of August 9, 1969, when cult leader Charles Manson ordered four members of the Manson Family to break into the Los Angeles home of actress Sharon Tate. Tate and four other victims were brutally murdered. There was one individual, however, that was supposed to be there, but a minor inconvenience saved his life. 

Noted Polish novelist Jerzy Kosinski was invited to attend Tate’s get-together on August 9 and hopped on a flight from Paris to Los Angeles. Kosinski’s luggage ended up being sent to New York by mistake, so when the flight stopped there for a layover, he was forced to leave the plane to retrieve his bags. As a result, he missed the remainder of his flight and was not present at Tate’s home when the Manson murders took place.

While we do not know Kosinski’s spiritual state of the time, we do know what scripture says for the believer. God desires to protect us, even by causing inconvenience if it accomplishes the task. Live a protectable life by staying in God’s hands! You are loved today! 

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“So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.” (Acts‬ ‭24‬:‭16‬ NIV)

In 1991, a New Hampshire school administrator, Pamela Smart, had an affair with a 16 year old student, then convinced him to kill her husband. She was sentenced to life without parole. In an interview 23 years later, she admits not listening to her conscience:

“I was in a situation where I knew better. And I shouldn’t have made the decision that I did to be involved with him. It took me many years to see my own responsibility.” 

Our conscience is that ability within us that attaches itself to the highest standard we know, and then continually reminds us of what that standard demands that we do. If God’s standards are what I seek in my daily life, then those will be what I am, and should be, reminded of. So I must live in such a way that my conscience is clear towards both God and those around me by living to that higher standard, not intentionally sabotaging myself in a fit of selfish action.

When you begin to debate, stop immediately. When we argue with the Holy Spirit, we lose every time! If a stricken conscience is a cruel taskmaster, then find freedom that only comes from doing what is right! You are loved today!

  

But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.” (Mark‬ ‭11‬:‭25‬ NLT)

When Thérèse Bartholomew’s brother, Stephen Leone, was murdered on the night of February 12, 2003, her life fell apart. As she left the courtroom after seeing the accused for the first time and feeling a compassion for her brother’s murderer, she broke down, confessing her confusion to her husband, “If I forgive this person, does it mean I don’t love my brother?”

The grace and forgiveness of God is our greatest gift that God gives us. Our sense of justice is strong when we are wronged, but we plead for mercy when Justice comes knocking on our own door. So it is an affront to God’s loving nature if we stay angry while asking for forgiveness. Why should He give it when we’ve done worse towards Him?!

As you spend time praying today, start with forgiveness. You and I need it, but we also need to give it to those that have hurt us. Forgiveness isn’t easy, so ask God to help you. Don’t stifle God’s work in you! Move on! You are loved today!



Jesus said to him, ‘Simon, do you love Me?'” (John‬ ‭21‬:‭16‬ NKJV)

According to Psychology Today, about 40 percent of all female murder victims die at the hands of a former or present spouse or lover. The home becomes a dangerous place for women (as well as for children). Nearly all male murderers claim that they committed the murder out of love, and possibly it was a result of loving too much. But can you truly destroy a life out of love? Is that how love acts?

In the text, Jesus is asking Simon Peter if his love is true. Just a few days earlier, Peter was emphatic that he would die out of love for his Master. Now, after denying Jesus in His hour of need, Peter reacts differently; he is broken. Jesus is trying to help His disciple to understand that he is not only forgiven, but that love doesn’t respond with emphatic hopes but with faithful future action: “Tend My sheep.”

People can be satisfied of our spiritual love because we say the right things. But what does God see? Love will be known by our faithfulness: “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words.” (John‬ ‭14‬:‭23-24‬ NKJV) Let your love be true love, even as you are loved! 

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Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts.” (1 Thessalonians‬ ‭2‬:‭4‬ NLT)

Some people would do anything for love. According to elitedaily.com, Gerald Uden (71) and Alice Louise Uden (74) allegedly killed their respective spouses, and even a couple of their kids, in order to be with each other over 30 years ago. The two had been living peacefully in rural Missouri despite law enforcement officials believing they were behind these crimes all these years. A break finally came in 2013 and both were arrested for their crimes of passion.

Whether an action was committed out of love, revenge, or even desperation, if it’s contrary to God’s word, then it’s still wrong. Situational ethics is a dangerous idea because it turns a blind eye to truth. Everyday, people act out on emotion, making excuses and justifications, but a wrong will always be a wrong, no matter the motives.

Take time to consider your ethical standards. Realize that even though you may wink at something, God does not. Live a life free from sin’s penalties and He will take care of you! You are loved!

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Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – and I am the worst of them all. But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners.” (1 Timothy‬ ‭1‬:‭15-16‬ NLT)

On March 5, 1986, Sean Sellers killed his mother and stepfather while they were asleep in the bedroom of their Oklahoma City home. Claiming to be a Satanist and possessed at the time, Sellers later converted to Christianity, using this platform to minister to others prior to his execution.

Nobody would argue about Sellers’ identity as an “über sinner”, the worst of the worst. But so are we. The hard truth is that no one deserves Heaven because we all willfully disobey God. Yet His great patience and mercy allows us to be included into both Heaven’s reward and Mercy’s showcase.

As you live his week, take time to allow God to show you where you need to simmer down or become stronger, then give Him the permission to gently change you. While Sean Sellers paid for his crimes against humanity, he also had the chance to fully embrace mercy. Only Jesus holds out that kind of a deal! Take it! You are loved today! (9/29/14)