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Slander

September 27, 2018

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Slander

When someone has allowed hatred — for whatever reason — to overcome  his heart,  he lets his imagination  run wild  with accusations  that have absolutely  no basis.     King David  faced  that problem  on a number  of occasions.     Someone would choose  to hate David  because he wanted  to be king  in David’s place.     They would hate David  because he was faithful  to the LORD.     They were even hateful  because God gave David  many victories  in battle.     They hated  what was good and righteous  in God’s eyes — and couldn’t care less.

In their hatred  they would spread  all sorts  of slanderous lies  in an attempt  to lead others  to hate David,  and think of him  as being evil.     With their continuous lies,  they wanted  to tear David down  from the throne  by getting others  to follow them  in their plots  of hatred.

King David  could only go  to God  for the help  he desperately needed.     He knew  he had no power  to protect himself  from all the slander.     In Psalm 55:1-3,  David’s heart sang  to God,

Give ear  to my prayer,  O God;
And do not  hide Yourself   from my supplication.
Give heed  to me,  and answer me;
I am restless  in my complaint  and am surely distracted,
Because  of the voice  of the enemy,
Because  of the pressure  of the wicked;
For they bring down trouble  upon me,
And  in anger  they bear  a grudge  against me.

Their onslaught  of anger  and the constant bearing  of  “a grudge”  hurt David deeply.     It was so unjustified  and unreasonable.     The same goes  for the slander  that many choose today  to use against those  they hate.     We can witness it  in many cases  all around us.

Slander  is a false accusation  and statement,  intended  to damage someone  and destroy them  in some way  or another.     There is absolutely nothing godly  or justified  about slander.     When Jesus spoke of it,  He said in Matthew 15:18-20,

The things  that proceed out  of the mouth come  from the heart,  and those defile  the man.     For out  of the heart  come evil thoughts,  murders,  adulteries,  fornications,  thefts,  false witness,  slanders.    

These are the things  which defile the man.

So,  Jesus taught us  that slander defiles us  and brings us  under God’s judgment.       That is good reason  to confess  such a sin  and ask God  for a clean heart  and right spirit.   (Psalm 51:10)      When God cleanses us  and gives us  a right spirit,  we can be relieved  of the burden  of hate  and begin living  in the freedom  of God’s forgiveness.

Then we can sing  with David  in Psalm 15:1-3,

O LORD,  who may abide  in Your tent?
Who may dwell  on Your holy hill?
He who walks  with integrity,  and works righteousness,
And speaks truth  in his heart.
He does not slander  with his tongue,
Nor does evil  to his neighbor,
Nor takes up  a reproach  against his friend.

In the joy  and freedom  of living  in our Savior’s  loving forgiveness,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for leading us  in the liberty  of Your salvation.”

Love,
Margaret

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