With everything flying in the air these days, the Lord has been speaking to me about slander. As with all good and godly lessons, this one is starting at home (i.e., with me). Due to the fact that I cannot know all the facts in most situations, I have been being convicted about how many times I possibly falsely thought or said something due to my own perceptions.
My handy-dandy Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (10th Edition) first defines “slander” as an action word – a verb – saying that slander is to utter slander against, or to defame (to disgrace, to harm the reputation by libel or to slander, to accuse, or to malign). The noun form of “slander” is defined as stumbling block : the utterance of false charges or misrepresentations which defame and damage another’s reputation : a false and defamatory oral statement about a person.
Slander wreaks triple destruction on the one who speaks, the one who listens and the one slandered. Not only is this triple threat possibly deadly for all involved; but the speaker of the slander digs a deeper hole, as they bear false witness, which can be a slippery slope into a pit for all involved, if we don’t take our minds captive to the obedience of Christ (II Cor 10:5) and put a guard on our lips (Psa. 141:3).
We should all take note that slander checks off items on the list that God hates: “These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren” (Proverbs 6:16-19 NKJV). Lying tongue. Check. False witness. Check. Sowing discord among brethren. Check.
I don’t know about you; but my soul has been sooooo grieved at how much slander is flying about during this season in history. I sooooo long for the righteous judgments of the Messiah and His Kingdom.
Please remember that “of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the Throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of Hosts will perform this” (Isaiah 9:7 NKJV). Kings and priests of the Order of Melchizedek increase His government and peace when we each tackle this giant called “slander” in our own mind and life, so that the kingdoms of this earth can become the kingdoms of our God.
A continual test for King David, which kept him humble and teachable, was slander. How did David deal with slander? One of the ways was how he focused first thing in the morning and each night before he laid down to sleep. Every morning David engaged God first thing through prayer, because his personal relationship with God was foremost. Every evening David chose to forgive his enemies for any wrongdoing before he laid down to sleep in peace.
May we have a heart of David. “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Psalms 19:14 NASB).
Give em heaven!!!
Written October 13, 2020 – Sapphire Throne Ministries – Robin Main. Copyrighted – If you are going to copy this, please copy it right by giving attributions to this source.
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Great article, beautifully written, Robin. Slander would reveal pride, yes? So one could probably check the proud look too. Another detestable cultural proclivity rampant in this slimy slanderous season is the evil of opinions. Satan does not care what opinion we have, He just wants us to have one. When we have heard from the Lord, however, there is no room for opinions. We must hear from Heaven – so that we can “give ’em Heaven!”. (not our opinions)
Excellent Pam. Yes. Slander goes hand-in-hand with pride. That’s why I believe that one of the most powerful choices and prayers that we can have is to have a humble and teachable heart after God’s own heart.
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