Praise Jesus And Speak Well
Praise Jesus And Speak Well
By: Danny Wallace
Proverbs 18:8 “The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man’s inmost parts.”
Colossians 3:8 “But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips”
James 4:11 lays it out plain and straight: “Brothers, do not slander one another.”
No sooner than the average Christian reads these words will their defenses rise up to say, “To slander is to spread rumors and lies. I don’t slander, I speak the truth!”
Really? Let’s take a closer look. Would the derogatory things we write or speak about others hold up in court? Would a Judge even allow them, or would they be disqualified as mere hearsay, gossip, or third party information? Very little of what we call “truth” is in fact, first hand – eyewitness – swear under oath, TRUTH.
Proverbs 17:4 declares, “Wrongdoers eagerly listen to gossip; liars pay close attention to slander.” Never has this been truer than among professing Christians today.
I was recently scanning YouTube and stumbled across countless videos dedicated to “exposing ministers of the gospel.” One said that Billy Graham doesn’t believe in Jesus, while another twisted an interview with Joel Osteen to say that he doesn’t believe Jesus is the only way to Heaven. After carefully listening to both videos, it was clear that neither man had said any such thing. Osteen said he believes Jesus is the only way, but refuses to judge others who disagree saying, “I leave who is going to Heaven and who is not going to God.” Great idea. It would do the Christian community good to follow his example.
Christians who are concerned with false prophets supposedly posted each of these videos; however, it appears they have no problem with Christians that slander others. One thing is certain. Any man who slanders another does so to cast the light from his own sins, the same as no man preaching Hell seems to be going there – it is always someone else.
Proverbs 20:19 tells us that a gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much. It seems that professing Christians have so much to say in this 21st Century and little of it is spoken from the high road of edifying or uplifting.
Instead, we have chosen for the most part to lower ourselves into the enemy’s gutter and “speak our mind” as if we actually had a lot to spare. Gossips have used up the good brain cells, and therefore, speak from the trash that remains at the bottom of the barrel.
Those of us who are willing to spew forth criticisms while speaking with lips of gossip, judgment, and slander should be careful to hold on to every available piece of sense we have left – for to slander others is to betray the shallow depth of our true wisdom, while revealing our astounding propensity for hatred. This is not the heart of our Father and it is not the glorious honor that Jesus sacrificed Himself to place in our hearts and on our lips.
Consider these verses:
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give Grace to those who hear.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
1 Thessalonians 4:18
Therefore encourage one another with these words.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.
But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
Praise Jesus and speak well.