THE SIN OF SLANDER

MAY 14

These things ought not to be so. JAMES 3:10 NK.JV

The Bible says: “With [our tongue] we bless our God … and with it we curse men … these things are not to be so” (Jas 3:8-10 NK]V). It displeases God when we praise Him in church on Sunday then tear someone down at work on Monday. “But what I’m saying is true,” you say. “All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord” (Pr 16:2 NIV). Slander begins with pride; it says, “When I’m right and you’re wrong, I’ve the right to say so.” No, people flock to church altars for healing from wounds inflicted by Christians. Gossip broke their spirits. One lady writes: “I went through a period of trying to overcome gossip but I’d still tell it to my husband. Although 1 knew he wouldn’t repeat it, I realized that by exposing him to it I was poisoning his spirit. That’s when I decided to change what was coming out of my mouth. ”

What you say about someone colors how others see them. One pastor tells all his new members, “If you hear another member slandering somebody, stop them right away and say, ‘Excuse me, who hurt you, ignored or slighted you? We’ll pray together about it so that God can restore peace to this body, but we won’t let you talk about people who aren’t around to defend themselves.” Ninety-nine times out of a hundred the issue dies right there-or the offender leaves. “Be … gentle, and patient, accepting each other in love” (Eph 4:2-3 NCV). Since none of us are infallible and all of us need to be treated gently, patiently and with love, let’s make it a habit of treating each other that way.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

An Oregonian came home, heard rustling sounds from inside a bathroom, and could see a shadowy figure moving about underneath the closed door. The resident called police. They arrived drew their guns, and ordered the prowler to come out with hands up. Receiving no response they burst into the bathroom, where according to a deputy. “We  encountered a very thorough vacuuming job being done by a Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner.”