Do Not Slander One Another

Daily God Walk for Sunday, June 19, 2011  

Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you– who are you to judge your neighbor? – James 4:11-12

Old folks sometimes share great life wisdom.  My grandmother once advised: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Scripture admonishes, “If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless” (James 1:26).

So when do we speak up against injustice?  What are the guidelines we should follow as Christian people when we find the poison of slander in our midst – should we keep silent and not ‘sit in judgment,’ or zealously guard righteousness in our community?

The truth of the matter begins when we acknowledge that church families are filled with sinful people who make damaging statements about others.  Some of this is ignorance and some of this evil.  It has always been so and there is a tendency to shelter the young and the weak from exposure to spiritual warfare.  There can be collateral damage from confronting evil, however, it is far less than letting evil continue to work its poison throughout the Body of Christ.

Think about these criteria:  Educate ignorance, rebuke sin, and confront evil.  If diligent effort is placed on the first two of these actions, then there will be far fewer times when evil must be confronted.  Jesus said, “The things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man unclean” (Matthew 15:18).  A person who habitually defames the character of others reveals something very deep and dark in their own heart.

“If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man” (James 3:2). We should not only use that passage to comfort ourselves but to grant tolerance to others as well.

Prayer:  God, grant me the grace to keep my tongue silent in regards to speaking evil of others. In Jesus name, amen

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