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Daily Verse: “Do not slander a servant to his master, lest he curse you, and you be held guilty.” Prov. 30:10
At first glance, today’s verse means don’t talk about someone to his boss. If you don’t speak the truth, you look like a fool. Think of every petty, jealous character on T.V. The more they try to bring other people down, the more they fall themselves.
A second interpretation means you don’t get in other people’s business, or you will find yourself in trouble. Gladys Kravitz, the neighbor to Samantha on the pop culture sitcom “Bewitched” comes to mind. She portrayed the epitome of a nosy neighbor who couldn’t keep their nose out of everyone else’s lives.
As Christ’s followers, we shouldn’t slander anyone. God commands us to use our words wisely, uplifting and encouraging others. Slandering does the opposite. And unless people ask for advice, we shouldn’t give it to them. Don’t use someone’s prayer request as an opportunity to meddle.
“If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it.” Mom’s advice stands true long after God called her home. I’m still learning to follow these words, but they keep me out of trouble.
Lord, forgive us for not using our words well. Please help us speak only uplifting and encouraging words, stay out of other people’s business, and honor You in all we do. IJNIP. Amen