An 18 year old live-streamed her own suicide
Bible characters who cursed their loved ones
Know the power of words, Parents speak wisely
An 18 Year Old Live-Streamed Her Own Suicide
Last week on 26 July 2022, an 18 year old girl in Hong Kong (nickname "Yina") committed suicide and live-streamed the whole process on a China website.
The reason she killed herself was because she started to play an online game since 2020. Aiming to become one of the top players, she changed her name to "suicide if not getting the gold head" in her chat groups. As a result, netizens mocked her and bullied her, and they pushed her to commit suicide until she finally did so two years later, even broadcasting the whole process to satisfy her chat group members.
After the incident, many people blamed the netizens for their cold blooded comments, but I believe the root cause could be that Yina had already put a curse upon herself when she changed her name to "suicide without getting the gold head'! Not knowing the power of her words, things happened exactly the way she prophesied upon herself.
In the Bible, we can see many examples of how people unknowingly put curses upon their loved ones. Maybe that was why our Lord Jesus warned us not to swear at all.
But I say to you, do not swear at all ..... but let your words be simply, yes or no. And whatever is more than these is of the evil one. Matthew 5:34-17
Bible Characters Who Cursed Their Loved Ones
Jacob loves his wife Rachel, more than his first wife Leah, whom he was deceived to marry by his father-in-law Laban. After working for Laban for many years, Jacob decided to return to his homeland with his two wives, children, and his possessions. When they left, Rachel took her father's idol images with her and hid them.
When Laban found out, he was angry and chased them. Rachel's beloved husband Jacob, who did not know what she had done, swore to Laban, "As for your gods, if anyone of us has them, let him be put to death." (Genesis 31:32). Then it happened just as Jacob had sworn, Rachel died soon after giving birth to her second son Benjamin.
In a battle with the Philistines, King Saul of Israel who decided to lead his army into a fast to petition the Lord, proclaimed a curse on anyone who eats anything until evening. However, his son Jonathan who had just gone off did not hear what his father had said. He therefore tasted some honey innocently when he found a honeycomb. As King Saul had proclaimed, Jonathan was killed later in a battle together with his father.
And the men of Israel were distressed that day, for Saul had adjured the people, saying, Cursed be the man that eats any food until evening, that I may be avenged on my enemies. So none of the people tasted any food ... But Jonathan who did not hear when his father charged the people with the oath, put forth the end of the rod that was in his hand, and dipped it in an honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth; and his eyes were enlightened. 1 Samuel 14:24-27
Know the Power of Words, Parents Speak Wisely
In the Old Testament, people know the power of words and are very cautious about what they speak. Prophecies proclaimed by fathers like Noah, Issac and Jacob on their sons have all come true. Issac's wife Rebekah would even go so far as to cheat her own husband in order to obtain blessings for her younger son Jacob.
However, many people nowadays are not aware of the power of words, and I often hear parents unknowingly curse their children, "You are nothing!" "You will always be a failure!" "You are not as good as your brother ....."
I hope everyone, especially parents will all come to know the power of words, so they can proclaim many blessings on both themselves and their loved ones!