Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear Him who can destroy soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28
The sweet crunchy coating of an M&M gives the buttery milk chocolate a form to contain the chocolaty goodness of it. It’s not the coating I am really after when I pop them in my mouth. Don’t get me wrong, I love the colors and the perfectly consistent shapes and the crunchy bite through it, but in the end it’s all about the chocolate.
It is mind boggling to realize that the body is only the shell of the person inside who is essentially invisible heart and mind. What a task master this body can be! So demanding! Such a voracious appetite it needs to feed all those senses and to grow up!
This body requires so much attention, is it any wonder that the notion of someone killing it is the very scariest thought possible. And yet, for aspiring immortals, if we play our cards right, the murder would only release our spirit heart and mind straight to the heavenly Father and His happy world, not such a terrible consequence.
Each embodied day the real me inside either loves God with obedience or fearlessly and stupidly neglects Him. When my demanding body dies, my thoughts and feelings will live on wherever God sends it, even in hell.
Hell is as real as grief and anger, hatred and bitterness, rancor and hostility. This Mark tells me that I should be more afraid to live there forever, than I am of a murderer. The invisible part of me, has so much more to lose than the temporary shell of me.
To fear God is to respect Him. To respect Him is to love Him. To love Him is to obey His commands. If you miss this Mark, none of the others matter. It is the first commandment for a very good reason.