THEY MUST NOT SLANDER ANYONE AND MUST AVOID QUARRELING. INSTEAD, THEY SHOULD BE GENTLE AND SHOW TRUE HUMILITY TO EVERYONE
Do you like to slander others? Do you know what you are doing? You are delighting in another’s iniquity. You are taking advantage of another person’s sinful actions and reactions. You are rejoicing with the father-of-lies over the negative, destructive beliefs he has built into this person’s mind and heart, since childhood. But God wants you to rejoice in the Truth!
LOVE SUFFERS LONG AND IS KIND; LOVE DOES NOT ENVY; LOVE DOES NOT PARADE ITSELF, IS NOT PUFFED UP; DOES NOT BEHAVE RUDELY, DOES NOT SEEK ITS OWN, IS NOT PROVOKED, THINKS NO EVIL; DOES NOT REJOICE IN INIQUITY, BUT REJOICES IN THE TRUTH
(1 Corinthians 13:4-6).
Beloved, you need to know that if you fall into the sinful behavior pattern of always slandering someone, you are siding with the father-of-lies. Instead of being gentle and showing true humility to everyone, you are puffed up. Instead of using your tongue to praise Me, you are using it to curse people, who have been created in My Image. Instead of helping a person find Truth for the iniquity in his heart, you are helping him accept and believe the accusatory beliefs the father-of-lies instilled in him, since childhood.
WITH THE TONGUE WE PRAISE OUR LORD AND FATHER, AND WITH IT WE CURSE MEN, WHO HAVE BEEN MADE IN GOD’S LIKENESS
Beautiful One, I want you to greatly rejoice in Me. I want you to rejoice in the Truth. Instead of slandering someone, help her seek Me, so she may rejoice in the Truth, as well. I will clothe her with the garments of Salvation and cover her with the robe of Righteousness. Then, there will be no need for anyone to be puffed up and rejoice in the iniquity the father-of-lies caused in her mind and heart, but only reason to rejoice in My Truth.
I WILL GREATLY REJOICE IN THE LORD, MY SOUL WILL EXULT IN MY GOD; FOR HE HAS CLOTHED ME WITH THE GARMENTS OF SALVATION, HE HAS COVERED ME WITH THE ROBE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, AS A BRIDEGROOM DECKS HIMSELF WITH A GARLAND, AND AS A BRIDE ADORNS HERSELF WITH HER JEWELS
Why do you slander people? Is it simply to rejoice in someone else’s iniquity, because it thrills you?
How might your life change if you would stop rejoicing in the iniquity the father-of-lies placed in others’ hearts, and start rejoicing in the Truth?
PRAYER: I desire to do Your Will, O Lord God. Create in me a pure heart and a renewed mind, filled with Your Truth. Wash out my eyes, so I may see the sinful pattern of slandering, in my own heart and mind. Redeem my tongue that it may praise You, and serve those who have been made in Your likeness.
Maintain an Awareness
Often times, we use the same defense mechanisms we saw our parents or other authority figures use, during our childhood lives. If they hid behind a smile to pretend that everything was OK, we learned to do the same.