Don’t Slander One Another (revised)

Representing God's Household


James 4:11 (NIV)

Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.


One thing that holds true about slander in all cases; it is intentional and done to cause damage to the one being slandered. In legal terms, slander is what is known as a malicious statement that brings harm. It’s made publicly and part, if not all of what’s said... is false. Today our society has laws to address this kind of act. In the days of Moses it was also included in the law, for a couple of good reasons.


Exodus 20:16 (KJV)
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.


Having a list of regulations handed to you by God is a pretty big reason all by itself. However, in addition to making a rule about... lying in general; a special rule is added covering false statements against our fellow man. Have we ever considered why? What sets off a red flag and triggers this special emphasis from God Almighty? A clue might be found in this verse from Psalms.


Psalm 101:7 (KJV)

He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.


There exists one who once held authority, position, and the luxury of being in the presence of God… all that changed. Now this same individual spends his time telling lies and making accusations aimed at destroying God’s own crown possession... mankind.


I ask you… do any of us really want to look like… or come close to, resembling him in any manner at all?

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The Father of Lies


John 8:44 (KJV) Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.


Christ came to bring “Good News” to all mankind; His life was lived in truth and devotion to God. The work of the cross was the one thing that broke the stronghold of death and destroyed the works of the devil. We now have the opportunity to belong to God’s household as His sons and daughters. Remember, no one can serve two masters, especially when the two are enemies of each other.


Why would any of us mimic Satan’s works and claim fellowship with him?


So far we’ve considered the first reason, the inappropriate and damaging aspect of God’s children siding with the enemy. A whole book could be written concerning the aspect of dishonor alone. It also doesn’t say much for loving God or our loving each other, let alone obedience. There is still the consideration that James speaks to in the latter part of the verse that addresses the subject of authority. We who are "Christ Followers" make up the “Body of Christ.” The Church is both in a role of authority as well as positioned under authority. Each role must be kept in adherence. Here, slander takes on new dimension and loses some of its legal boundaries as well. To be clear let’s review the role or reasons for the Church in the first place. There is the “Great Commission” which started Church ministry.


Matthew 28:18-20 (KJV)

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.


Even if you skim through the directives you still come away with the understanding that whatever is done, is done in the name of the Father, the Son, and or the Holy Ghost… nowhere in that do I get the name of Satan. In addition, in order to carry out the work of this ministry; the Church has been given powers and gifts specifically to achieve a certain end.


Ephesians 4:11-13 (KJV) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

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The Salt of the Earth

How does a damaging and slanderous remark edify anyone?


In everything that we learn from scripture, from Church leaders, and from the example of Christ Himself… it all speaks of encouragement and the building up of others. The Church of all places, and especially the members therein should stand as the source where the outside world takes its lead.


Matthew 5:13 (KJV)

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.


When it comes to Church members and their involvement with each other, there should be care taken in the way we treat and regard each other. Ours is a higher standard and we can ill afford to hide behind or adhere to the rank and file standard of the world. Just because a statement is true does not give us license to publicly use it to the downfall of our brothers and sisters. We must bear in mind that we too have faults and all of us have logs in our eyes that need removing.


When Paul addressed the Romans he advised that they shouldn’t get caught up in thinking of themselves as above others in their conduct. Instead, they were to temper their outlook with sober judgments… we all would do well to follow that advice.


Romans 12:3 (KJV)

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.


As followers of Christ, should we not exercise a measure of compassion? Our brothers and sisters need encouragement to overcome their short comings not persecution and the further bring down to shame. After all, God desires mercy and certainly Christ extended mercy throughout His ministry to the masses; both to the Jew and Gentile alike.

Let us not forget how Jesus rebuked the Pharisees in their treatment of sinners. Wasn’t their use of the law to convict people of sin, in affect the same as our regarding a truthful statement of slander as reason to take part in condemning others.


Luke 11:46 (KJV)

And he said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.


The work of the Church, the ministry, if for nothing else is there for the perfecting of the saints in the unity of Christ. It was the prayer of Jesus that we be one as He and the Father are one. Our faith has as a central binding condition that we strive to establish and preserve the unity that Christ came for and prayed that we would receive.


John 17:11 (KJV)

And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.


John 17:21 (KJV)

That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.


As I said, Unity”, it’s a key piece that defines who we are, and it also gives the world reason to come to believe in Christ as the promised “Son of God.” It’s the little things we do that pile up to become a big thing. The treatment of others, especially those within the body of Christ is by no means a small thing. Listen to the news… pick up a paper; Christians are being persecuted around the world. Many are dying due to their faith in Christ. It may not have come to that where you live but at the very least we are being watched for every little thing we do. Why not make the little things... “Good Things.” What could be better for the entire world to see. Let us try to do all we can to be “Firm in our Faith”, standing in “Unity.” When the world takes its look, let it not see accusations, judgments, and slander among “God’s Household.” Instead... let's try to show only the "Good Things." Let that be the only thing that's ever seen.


In closing I leave this reminder from Paul’s letter to the Galatians.


Galatians 6:10 (KJV)

As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.


Blessings,

Matt.

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creativeone59 5 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you Matt, for a very true and uplifting hub. we should be compassionate, when encouraging our brothers and sisters in christ, helping them to do the right thing in their lives. God bless you on your journey. creativeone59


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mattmilamii 5 years ago from Chicago - Be A Blessing... Become A Hand Of God Author

Dear creativeone59,

Christ carried our sins... all the way to the cross.

They weren't His to bear, but He did it anyway. That act of mercy not only assisted us, but also allows for redemption. If His love for us would allow Him to do so, then couldn't we be willing to carry one or two of our brothers and sisters faults and extend the mercy of forgiveness. As I see it, that's where encouragement starts. Thanks for your visit and your kindness.

"Blessings"


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fred allen 5 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

This is awesome. This is the heart of the Gospel message. You did a fantastic job on this. Your comment to creativeone summed it ub beautifully. It is clear you have a heart for what is important to our Father. I am very much impressed by you.


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mattmilamii 5 years ago from Chicago - Be A Blessing... Become A Hand Of God Author

Dear fred allen,

I appreciate your encouragement... it's good to know that this old leaky vessel still carries enough of what is important. The "Word of God" is awesome, and it always has been. I'm just making an attempt to serve it to the needy... and hopefully serve it well.

"Blessings"


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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

Some of my favorite verses. Bless you


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mattmilamii 5 years ago from Chicago - Be A Blessing... Become A Hand Of God Author

Dear Healing Touch,

Good to hear from you.

Coming from one with your background and involvement, I consider your comment a compliment. It's always a comfort to recieve confirmation of service in the Lord's Kingdom.

Than's for your visit and encouragement.

"Blessings"


hemustincrease 5 years ago

Matt, this is so needful a reminder to us all. In Simo Ralevics book ‘the tongue, our measure’ he suggested we should have four sentry guards at the door of our lips. Verity, charity, necessity and wisdom. And unless our planned words could get past each of these checkpoints we ought to keep our lips tightly closed. It is easy to recall the ‘speak the truth’ part of our instructions, and forget the ‘in love’ part. Thanks for this.


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mattmilamii 5 years ago from Chicago - Be A Blessing... Become A Hand Of God Author

Dear hemustincrease,

Many a tongue have gone untamed and gaining hold of it is a difficult task for sure, but one that needs to be embraced by most of us. The good news for all of us is unveiled when we realize that God has given us the means to control our tongues without having to resort to the doctor's knife. I try to think about what to say, and then think about how to say it. The most important thought in all of this is the decision concerning the necessity to say it at all.

"Blessings"


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

I am reading great inspiration here in this hub. Jesus could not have done a better job here. Well OK mybe Jesus could, but no other man.


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Fiddleman 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

Great hub and sermon too.


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mattmilamii 5 years ago from Chicago - Be A Blessing... Become A Hand Of God Author

Dear Dave,

I'm given way too much credit... after all it's Christ that works within me. I do appreciate your endorsement and confirmation; it's an encouragement that allows me to continue.

Dear Fiddleman,

Thanks for paying a visit and leaving a kind word. It's the little things that those who still walk in the world overlook, that make the real difference when it comes to building the strength and character that changes lives. I pray that we both continue to build the lives of those we touch. By the way, I love "Bluegrass."

"Blessings to you both."


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heavenbound5511 5 years ago from Under the shadow of the Almighty God!

Hi Matt,Nice Page.

It is vital to not let strife and division in the body of Christ and if it is there repent and get it out! Any house divided against itself won't stand. Where strife and envy are aloud to be, there also is every evil work in God's word.

We are either gathering or scattering, for or against. Those who cause breaks in the hedges, the Bible says open the door to be bit by a snake. Sounds like deceived and pulled away from God by the choice to disobey.

It is dangerous to rebel against God because God has promises that require faith and obedience to stand, live and do as you are called to do.

We are to be of one accord to reach more people and bear more fruit. We are God's harvest hands so much is required of us. God supplies all we need and by walking in the spirit of God and allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us and help control our tongue and God will supply a new heart.

It comes down to hot or cold ,choose life or death, blessing or cursing.

Thanks for a good page!

God bless you.


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mattmilamii 5 years ago from Chicago - Be A Blessing... Become A Hand Of God Author

Dear heavenbound5511,

I'm glad you find this page to your liking and I thank you for stopping by. Those of us who seek to follow in the way of Christ are called to a higher standard... we cannot be content to show the world what we were, instead it becomes our task to reveal what we've become in Christ. Faith, real faith, calls us to separate from the ways of the world; to come out from among them. That requires change, a change that is evident in our actions and deeds. Let us be transformed by the Spirit in our minds to put on Christ for the world to see. It's the fellowship that makes for unity in the "Body" and identifies us as one of "His" very own.

"Blessings"


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feenix 5 years ago

matt, thank you very much for publishing this hub. And I certainly did get a lot out of it. One of my greatest flaws, I believe, is my tendency to judge, ridicule and even slander others. I must pray over this problem I have.


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mattmilamii 5 years ago from Chicago - Be A Blessing... Become A Hand Of God Author

Dear feenix,

Having flaws doesn’t put you in a unique club… at last count we all have them. However your willingness to confess, or recognize that a fault originates with you is a good first step. What happens next will have a direct impact on the rest of your life. Satan would be very happy to keep you stuck in a rut; it makes you an easier target for further attack. I would have you bear in mind what his ultimate goal is… only to steal and kill and destroy (John 10:10). As you pray, remember to back your prayer with actively seeking an answer in the Word of God… the Spirit of comfort will guide you and remind you of what God would reveal to you… “ALL TRUTH.”

“Blessings”


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feenix 5 years ago

matt, thank you for your kind words. And thank you for your very wise advice, which I will follow with zest. Yesterday, when I left church, a friend and I talked about all the ways that Satan tries to keep us down and to permanently confine us in his camp.


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mattmilamii 5 years ago from Chicago - Be A Blessing... Become A Hand Of God Author

Dear feenix,

I firmly believe that within the context of fellowship that our lives are made full... we gain strength and encouragement. I'll always be willing to give in service for the glory of "Our Father", as did Christ. I'm just glad to be of some benefit. Let your faith rest in the promise of victory... Already Won.

"With Continued Blessings"


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mabelhenry 2 years ago from Harrisburlg, Pennsylvania

The defining moment is, how we look upon those who fall among thieves who strip them of their raiment, wound them, and depart leaving them to die. The priest journeyed by and when he saw the wounded, he passed by on the other side, likewise a Levite came and looked on him and he too passed by on the other side and departed leaving the man to die. We should learn from this parable to desire to be a good person. Go to them pour in the oil and wine and take care of and help them to heal. Mercy will always triumph over judgment! Slandering others pollutes our praise of God. You are being instrumental in assisting others to define their intents and motives, and to choose purity. To the pure all things are pure and whatsoever things are pure is what we should think and speak.


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mattmilamii 2 years ago from Chicago - Be A Blessing... Become A Hand Of God Author

Dear mabelhenry,

As I recall the story of the Good Samaritan, the same words keep hitting me like a ton of bricks... "Go and do likewise." Being a good neighbor is more than just keeping quiet, low profile, and out of the way. It requires us to come alongside of strangers with an extended hand of assistance. Your visit has given me another smack and I'm glad it did.

Blessings

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