"Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking,
be put away from you, with all malice ..."
© 1977 by Diane S. Dew
I. Backbiting is forbidden by God.
1 Timothy 3: 11
James 4: 11
A. Those who spread slander cannot dwell with God, for He is holy.
B. God calls them fools.
II. We are exhorted to "lay aside" all slander, and scripture advises
us not even to associate with gossips.
1 Peter 2:1
A. The tales of a gossip travel fast.
B. The words of a slanderer spread strife
and contention; they
destroy friendships and stir up anger.
Proverbs 6:19; 15:1; 16:28; 17:9; 25:23; 26:20-22
C. The desire to backbite comes from a heart of bitterness and hatred.
III. Gossip was obviously a problem in the early church.
2 Corinthians 12:20
2 Thessalonians 3:11
1 Timothy 5:13
2 John 10
A. The devil will try to bring false
accusations against believers
through those in the world, to spread much slander about those
who love God.
1 Peter 2:12; 3:16
B. But it is an especially serious matter
when a brother in the Lord
speaks evil of another brother (be it true or false). Such talk is nothing
less than judgment on his part.
James 4: 11
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