Righteousness Stops Slander

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Daily Reading: Numbers 21:1-22:20, Luke 1:26-56, Psalm 57:1-11, Proverbs 11:9-11

Daily Verse: “With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor, but by knowledge the righteous are delivered.” Prov. 11:9

Righteousness stops slander.

Fools gossip and spread lies about people, but Christ’s followers stop slander.

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29

Jesus never slandered anyone, neighbor or otherwise. Christ lifted people up with His words, showering them with grace and mercy. But those who don’t follow God tear people down, destroying their self-esteem and relationships.

Words matter; when someone begins to gossip around you, stop the talk.   Not only should we build people up with our language, but we shouldn’t allow others to tear people down with theirs. 

Walk away when someone begins the gossip chain. Don’t participate in negative talk about anyone. Use words wisely to enhance and encourage those around you.

Lord, forgive us for gossiping. Please help us choose our words carefully, using them to encourage and uplift those around us. In all things, let us honor and serve You well. IJNIP. Amen

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