Who Killed Cock Robin?

Who Killed Cock Robin?

"Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you."—Eph. 4:32

Who killed cock robin? This is history's most famous murder case, and it was quickly solved by a confession by the murderer: "I," said the Sparrow, "With my bow and arrow."

Not every murder case is so simple, as you well know from watching television and reading comic books.

Here I shall discuss another type of killing, one not so serious as far as the law is concerned, but a very real kind. As far as I know, nobody was ever sentenced to jail for this type or even arrested. But it goes on all the time.

It's the killing of one another's feelings, especially our better kind of feelings.

Did you ever want to do something you felt was right and then didn't because you feared what people would say! Or you thought, "Somebody might laugh at me." And you refrained from doing some act of kindness or courage you knew later you should have done.

Have you ever joined with the other kids in poking fun at some boy for being different? Maybe he dressed poorly because his parents didn't have enough money. Or his mother didn't care how he went to school, or whether his face was washed or not, or if his clothes were mended and neat. I have seen feelings murdered in this manner.

Once I knew a family of six children. The father was in the state prison. Neither the mother nor the children were to blame. But neighbor parents forbade their children to play with these six. By so doing they were helping to start these innocent children off to a life of crime. Nothing makes boys and girls become bad more quickly than being called bad repeatedly. These neighbors were doing everything they could to kill the best feelings inside those six children.

Boys know the quickest way to force their chums into harm­ful pranks and even into breaking the law. The word "chicken" is all it takes to break their will power. It takes a boy with a strong backbone to resist the word "chicken."

Abraham Lincoln once said he never stepped rudely on anybody else as he rose to become President. That is, he never did cruel or unfair acts or used false words to deride his opponents. Not every man is so fair—nor so great—as Abraham Lincoln. No wonder he is loved the whole world over. No man was ever more manly, honest, or more kindly.

A verse in the Bible goes well here. "Be kind to one another." Much of what we see in the world seems to say: "Be cruel to one another."

If this one Bible verse were said every day by every Christian and truly followed, what different people we would have Say it to yourself—"Be kind to one another."

Don't commit this type of murder, for if you do, you also kill some very fine feelings of your own. Don't let cruelty replace kindness as the guide for your conduct.

The Bible has another verse that warns us: "Whatever a man sows, that he will also reap." If we sow kindness, we receive kindness back. If we are cruel, cruelty will come back to us.

"Be kind to one another."

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