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Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. James 4:11

Today's simple instruction: Do not slander

What does it mean to slander someone?

Slandering is making false or damaging statements about someone thus spoiling their reputation and causing defamation. 

We may claim that the statements we make/made are not 'false', so it is not slander. But think about it, it is still damaging. It causes the same negative impacts of defamation and bad reputation to the one being talked about? Then why bother? What benefit it is to us to put a person down? Isn't that judging?!

The scripture is very clear about judging others:

Do not judge, or you will be judged.Mathew 7:1

Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. Romans 14:4

Do not complain about one another, brothers, so that you will not be judged. Look, the Judge is standing at the door! James 5:9

In all the four Gospels we do not see one recording of any slandering on Jesus's part. We do not find Him speaking bad of anyone behind their backs. Aren't we called to be imitators of Jesus? If so, why do we slander?

Let us be careful with our words as we are accountable for every word we utter. It's all recorded. When it is played back to us at the end of our term on this earth, it better be good and kind words and not slander and backbiting. 

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think (talk) about such things. Philippians 4:8

Be doers of the word, and not hearers only. Otherwise, you are deceiving yourselves. James 1:22
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