The Sin of Slander and Backbiting

Sin of backbiting

Slander is a false report maliciously uttered to destroy the reputation of another. They are spread by dishonest people whose primary aim is to separate friendship among people (Proverbs 16:28).

Slanderers always have interesting things to say about other people, but God is against it (Leviticus 19:16).

Backbiting is not good. It takes away peace and causes disagreements and quarreling in an environment (2 Corinthians 12:20). Constant quarreling and disagreements in an environment is a sign that slanderers are present within and where there is no slanderer or backbiter in an environment, quarreling and strife ceases (Proverbs 26:20).

Everyone has a private life to live, but backbiting is a menace to the private life of people because a backbiter reveals the secrets of people to others (Proverbs 11:13).

God hates backbiting. No one involved in it can enjoy a close relationship with him (Psalm 15:1-3). If we love our neighbors, we should say well about them both in their presence and absence.

The Bible calls a backbiter a fool (Proverbs 10:18). Only a fool will not mind his business and make the life matters of others a primary concern without any effort to help but to condemn.

God has commanded that we do not judge our neighbors through slander (Matthew 7:1-5). He has commanded that we do not bear false witness against one another and destruction awaits those who don’t obey the command (Exodus 20:16; Psalm 101:5).

To stop the sin of slander and backbiting in an environment, watch out for those who cause division among you in your environment and avoid them (Romans 16:17). Whatever you give attention to will persist, but if you don’t, it ceases. 

Don’t speak evil against anyone and don’t respond to the comments of others concerning the misconduct of others (James 4:11-12). Bridle your tongue and avoid speaking ill of others (James 1:26).

Don’t associate with backbiters and slanderers. Evil relationships corrupt good manners. If you relate with them, they will corrupt you and you will become a backbiter to others too (Proverbs 20:19).

Don’t be rash with your words. Don’t be in a rush to speak and tell people facts about others (Ecclesiastes 5:2). Get your facts right before you utter a word concerning others.

Keep your heart from the hatred that may lead you to slander others by renewing your minds daily with God's word (Romans 12:2).

Finally, if you are being slandered, endure and pray that God will help you overcome (James 1:12).
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