Premeditated crime and crime of passion are two entirely different issues. In court, one of the determining factors of a murder case is to find out whether a person was killed accidentally or in cold blood. Plotting to kill a person makes for aggravated murder and, depending on court location, may lead to lifetime in prison or even death row.
It is the plotting that makes matters worse.
Neuroscientists have discovered that habitual thinking patterns can be traced back in our brain. Establishing good habits can rewire our minds and set us up for greatness as much as evil intent can become addictive and set us up for self-destruction.
Our minds can change the world – for better or for worse.
Evil scheming can do tremendous harm, but it will not destroy what love initiates. It is actually the other way around; love destroys evil – certainly God’s salvation plan did! The apostle John wrote in one of his letters (1 John 3:8):
“The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.”
Jesus was insulted, tortured, hurt beyond repair, and yet he did not respond to cruelty with hate. And if evil is not provoking more evil, then the buck stops right there. Jesus did not defend Himself – and that is exactly how He overcame evil and destroyed the works of the devil.
We need Jesus when we are discouraged and dragged down by bad things happening. If everything falls apart, Jesus remains standing. He is the ship that sails through the stormy night. Jesus is the Rock we can rely on. His love is a beacon, a power to be reckoned with, in fact – it is His love that changes everything.
“Be strong and keep your mind inside of your heart” (Matt Kerwin – Music For All – YouTube)