When you read the word, what image came into your mind?
The image of someone spray painting a fence or throwing a rock through a window?
The definition of vandalism is: willful destruction with malicious intent, to do harm or destroy; OR willful or ignorant destruction of artistic or literary treasures.
Our Pastor was sharing about this not long ago. It provoked a lot of thought in me. (imagine that!) The word vandalism brings to our minds many images. We would never take a spray paint can and destroy someone else’s property. Yet I challenge us to think of this in a different way.
When we talk bad about someone. When we hear a rumor and choose to believe it, and maybe even spread it more. When the words we say become less in line with the truth. We are committing vandalism of the heart. Fragmenting the heart and treasure of one another. Pastor said, it is like we are committing a homicide of the heart. It creates death to a relationship, and places a judgement on someone else’s character.
The willful destruction, is when we choose to spread the rumor, or believe the untruth. The malicious intent, is when we choose to say harmful or unkind things about someone. The intention of doing harm, hurts us, as well as the one we are talking about.
Pastor talked about, not letting anything come near our hearts that would be hurtful. Not letting anything vandalise your honorable self. We need to take note of and remember, “This is not good for me”. So in this journey called life, we must be careful with our words, our thoughts, our actions and our intentions. God has given us all, if we follow him, a discerning truth. If we read the word, if we take caution in our motives, and if we listen to our heart. We will be truthful to ourselves and those around us.
The challenge today is for us all.
We need to examine our lives, to see if there is anything that is vandalising the pureness, and holiness of Gods love for us. And the pureness and holiness of one another.
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, Oh Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
Lord God, help us to redeem our words towards one another and be kind.
“And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, Just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:2