Don’t hire him. He lied on his resume.
She’s so ugly, and she has gonorrhea.
You don’t want to work with him, he’s racist, and hates you.
What if I told you all these statements were false accusations? It certainly would be hurtful to find out if someone was bad mouthing you to other people, telling them lies about you. The above statements are examples of slander.
Let’s define slander. Slander is to make a false spoken statement that causes others to have a poor opinion of someone. It’s done maliciously and is intended to defame the individual. Here’s a link to the full definition:
Also, a libel is slander but in a written context.
Have you been slandered against dear reader? I’m sure you have, or at least there’s a very good chance of it. It does not feel good. It can make you feel like you’re the size of an ant. Slander can happen amongst neighbors, co-workers, fellow students, and sadly even family members. Let me tell you, I know the feeling. When slander occurs, people who have received the negative and false information from slanderers eventually start treating you like a subhuman being. The sin within people, if left rechecked, can lead to ganging up on the victim, and pretty soon many people are against someone who has done nothing wrong. Do not despair dear reader if you have been on the receiving end of slander!
Therefore, what does and how does God feel about slander?
“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Exodus 20:16 NKJV
Okay, so it is one of the ten commandments that God gave the Israelites. For them, these were not just mere suggestions, but rather, commandments! As children of our Creator, we want to be pleasing to Him in all things, including the use of slander. Therefore, we all should not take this matter lightly. Our Lord Jesus spoke of the commandments when addressing the young rich man, so we know that the commandments are for us also. We want to inherit what God has promised us through His Son, do we not??
But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.
Colossians 3:8-11 NKJV
We have the ultimate example to pattern our lives, praise God! And when we do receive condemnation because of our Lord Jesus, He reassures us.
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Matthew 5:11-12 NKJV
Therefore, hang in there my brothers and sisters! How great is our reward! And if you have slandered in the past, please stop! Walk a mile in someone’s shoes who has been slandered, and you will find that it can slowly kill and destroy a person.
Peace be with you in abundance dear reader.
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