Craving Violence Is To Destroy Oneself

April 9, 2014

Friends,
“The unfaithful have a craving for violence.” (Pr. 13:2) It’s hard to believe, but those who have unfaithful hearts, unfaithful deeds, unfaithful minds, do crave violence. If physical violence done to another is something they would not consider, likely because it’d be too obvious of a crime and they’d soon have the law pursuing them, violence done through their words, their deceit, and their other cruel actions is a lust they indulge in.

Why would someone have a craving to hurt others? I believe it’s power they’re after. Power makes them feel important, makes them feel in control, makes them able to get their own way. Having these brings them pleasure, satisfaction, and a feeling of security. To have the ability to damage others makes the vicious person much more able to fend off those situations which might otherwise cause him discomfort or embarrassment or harm. Therefore fear is playing a large part in the mind of the one chasing violence.

Ja. 3:6 warns us of the violence of the tongue –that it can create a world of evil, corrupt the whole person, and set the whole course of one’s life on fire. Pr. 18:21 warns us that the tongue has the power of life and death. Jer. 9:8 says that the tongue is a deadly arrow, and using it, deceivers set traps for others. Ps. 64:3 describes how evildoers “sharpen their tongues like swords and aim their words like deadly arrows.” Shooting from ambush at the innocent, plotting injustice, and encouraging one another in laying snares, these wicked men say, “We have devised a perfect plan!” (v. 4-6) The tongue is indeed one of the most violent weapons in the world. It can devastate, it can ruin, it can kill.

What will God do to those who refuse to quit their chase after violence? “He will turn their own tongues against them and bring them to ruin.” (Ps. 64:8) They “will fall by the sword because of their insolent words.” (Ho. 7:16) The one who sows violence will reap calamity. (Pr. 22:8) The rod of his fury –whatever means he used by which to harm others– will end. (same verse)

Therefore, the one who travels the way of violence in order to receive some kind of gain for himself is actually spreading a deadly net that will eventually take away his own life. (Pr. 1:11-19)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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