Sacred Choice

Will we be channels of love…or hate?

(Listen to my song “Make Me a Channel” on YouTube by clicking HERE)


Matthew 5:22

“But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raqa,’ will be answerable to the Sanhedrin.”


In this scripture passage, Jesus said the commandment against killing also covers ridiculing another in anger.

He said you were guilty of this violation if you called someone Raqa…which was an Aramaic word likely equivalent to imbecile or blockhead.

So you see…Jesus makes it quite difficult for us to not break the commandment against killing.

Yet look at the level of incivility in language used today…especially on social media.

It seems Jesus has set an impossible standard.

Is that so we throw our hands up in futility and sink into endless guilt?

No…but it does call us to clean up our act.

And it’s also an invitation to accept the grace of God.

Forgiveness is always granted because God is Love (1 John 4:8).

But don’t think this makes life easy–far from it.

It calls each one of us to extend the same level of forgiveness to others so they also can experience the transforming compassion of God.

We are all in this together.

This is a team effort…not a bunch of individual personal salvation projects.

Go and be this message to all you encounter!


Listen to the song of the day “Make Me a Channel” on the Listen to Your Heart album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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