Our lives have plenty of challenges and God promises to bring us through them when we are “in faith”.
Do not waste precise time and emotion on creating, embellishing, or exacerbating strife or malice or have an intent to persecute or revenge. It has no value and places you against God and His Word!
Do not be caught up in talking about others, gossiping, stirring up strife or malice against another, especially a friend or a neighbor. In spite, it only serves your own pride and self gratification.
Do not continue to attempt to prove a point though such actions, especially after reproof has occurred by repentance, apology and forgiveness, as Christ clearly tells us how we should handle situations of offense or mistreatment.
and I could spend considerable time sharing my thoughts, but is suspect some may consider my words as only, my words. So I declare God’s Word on this issue and I pray you consider His Message on this very serious matter:
1 Timothy 5:13 – “Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also gossipers and busybodies, saying things they ought not to.”
Romans 3:14 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”
Proverbs 29:22 “Anger and malice produce disunity and discord… An angry person stirs up strife, And a hot-tempered person abounds in transgression”
Romans 1:28-32 “28 ….. God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; 32 and, although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.”
Galatians 5:19-21 “19 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, 21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you just as I have forewarned you that those who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Understand God’s Message:
Ephesians 4:29 “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths”
Ephesians 4:31 “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.”
Psalm 37:8-9 “Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off”
Colossians 3:8 “But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
Leviticus 19:16 “‘Do not go about spreading slander among your people. Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor’s life. I am the LORD”.
Psalms 34:13 “Keep your tongue from evil…”
Psalms 101:5 “Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret, him will I put to silence; whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart, him will I not endure.”
Proverbs 6:16-19 16 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood 18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, 19 a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
Proverbs 10:18 “He who conceals his hatred has lying lips, and whoever spreads slander is a fool.”
Proverbs 11:9 “With their mouth the godless destroys their neighbor…”
Proverbs 16:28 “A perverse person stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close
Proverbs 17:9 “One who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.”
Titus 3:2 “..to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all…”
James 4:11 “Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.”
1 Peter 2:1 “Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.”
1 Peter 3:7-9 “To sum up, let all be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil, or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.”
Truly God’s Word is clear, concise and in Authority. Thank you Christ Jesus for the blessing of receiving and understanding Your Word, Amen