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When Christians Hurt Each Other

The gossip wheel turns in your direction. The sweet lying lips of a fair weathered friend have sugar coated fake news to an eager ear. You face slander, libel, false witness and defamation of character. What is a Christian to do when these things arise? We have quoted Revelation 21:8. We know the song from the playground. We’ve read the many Scriptural prohibitions against lying, slander, and giving a false witness. What we don’t know... is the reason WHY people do these things. What’s the purpose? One motive is jealousy, clearly a sin that God detests (Galatians 5:20, II Corinthians 12:20). Another is a spirit of destruction, which usually rears its head because of selfishness (Proverbs 16:18, 18:12, Galatians 5:15). Pure evil intentions could be the motive, which only begets more evil (Proverbs 11:3, James 1:15). In any case, it’s never good. Evil communication does not build up. The motives of defamation are NEVER from Christ. They are actually anti-Christian. I heard an old preacher once say, “It is impossible accomplish God’s work by using Satan’s tools.” So true. A child of God will seek to resolve conflict (Matthew 18:15-17), pray for enemies (Luke 6:27–28), and leave the vengeance to a just and righteous God (Hebrews 10:30). The Lord we’ll defend you! You can’t control the actions or negative words of others. But you can resist the devil. You can turn the other cheek. You can ignore the gossip and lies. You can be more like Jesus. Keep on walking.

You are loved.

Dr. Ray Reynolds

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