Friday, April 13th, 2018
Love... Does Not Dishonor Others
A gossip goes around telling secrets, so don't hang around with chatterers.
Proverbs 10:19 (NLT)
Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another.
James 4:11 (NIV)
Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.
Acts 23:5 (NIV)
Rumors. Smut talk. Smack talk. Small talk. Smear talk. Mean jokes. Campaign smears. Gossip. Slander. Scandal. Defamation. Our fascination with wrecked lives is like traffic slow-downs with wrecked cars.
Bad news is alluring. Why?
1) Maybe focusing on other peoples' problems distracts us from our own.
2) Maybe commenting on their dirty laundry makes us feel cleaner.
3) Maybe spreading negative news turns us into popular reporters.
I used to wonder what the Bible meant by evil eyes (or eyes filled with darkness). Here's one take: our eyes become evil when we look for the worst in others. Next step down? Sharing it.
'Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one's heart' (Proverbs 18:8, NLT).
'He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first' (John 8:7, NKJV).
'Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand (Romans 14:4, NIV).
Bottom line: dishonoring others dishonors us.
Therefore, we love.
## Love Series: Love Dishonor Others (Part 14)
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Love series.