LENT- THE 9TH AND 10TH COMMANDMENT

NINE: YOU SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST YOUR NEIGHBOR

TEN:  YOU SHALL NOT COVET

NO. 9: Small as it is, the tongue is one of the most powerful organs in the human body.

With it, we can do great good–defending other people, encouraging them, speaking words of comfort and hope.  God himself has chosen to share his precious promises with us by means of words.

The tongue can also be one of the most dangerous weapons we possess.  Without touching other people physically, we can do great damage by betraying, slandering, or lying about them.

Even silent, the tongue can be an instrument of evil–if we fail to speak when words are needed and could make a difference.

How have you used your tongue today?….or misused it?..or failed to use it?

PLACE ALL OF THESE ACCUSATIONS OVER JESUS’ HEAD ON THE CROSS:

NUMBER 10:  COVET is not a common word these days, but it describes a very common attitude.  GREED and LUST are more familiar words, and they have a sinister ring to them.   And rightly so, for almost every sin that we commit–stealing, lying, hurting, harming, abusing, betraying, deceiving, defiling–has its roots in our hearts long before it ever comes out into the open.

Like the little match that starts the raging forest fire, the tiny flame of coveting also has the potential to burst forth destructively.  THAT IS WHY GOD IN HIS LOVE CONDEMNS COVETING AS SIN, while it is still within us, before it has a chance to harm others or ourselves.

THIS, TOO, NEEDS FORGIVING.  PLACE EVEN SINS OF THE HEART ON THE CROSS OF JESUS CHRIST.

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Sat. of the Fifth Week of Lent, March 28.

“(Caiaphas) prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, and not only for the nation, but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God.”  Jn 11:51-52

PRAY FOR AN INCREASE OF FAITH FOR ALL PEOPLES OF THE WORLD.

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