by Rory C. Keel
It seems too easy to hurt the people closest to us, the people we love the most. Many times we only realize this when we see the tears of pain falling from their eyes because of hurtful words. A lifetime of friendship are often severed for years, and relationships destroyed simply by speaking evil about them.
God has always taken speaking evil against brethren seriously. His anger grew hot against Aaron and Miriam when they were not “afraid to speak against my servant Moses?” Num. 12:8
The Evangelist Timothy received instruction not to even accept a charge against an Elder “but before two or three witnesses.” 1 Tim. 5:19
So serious is it for brethren to speak against another that when we do, we dethrone the Lord and lift ourselves into His place presuming judgment upon others. “Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.” James 4:11
When you speak evil against one of your brethren, you are speaking like the devil. “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.” Rev. 12:10
Don’t speak like the Devil. Consider what the Lord did, when the Devil stood before him and accused YOU!