Have You Been Evil Spoken of?

March 15, 2016

 

Have You Been Evil Spoken of?

Matthew 12:3

O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh

 

Many of us, as Christians, have experienced the hurt and pain of having our good be evil spoken of or having had lies told about us to slander our character.  People have taken our words that we have spoken out of a pure heart and twisted them to malign our testimony.   Truly it is said, “that the power of death and life are in the tongue (Proverbs 18:21).”   Perhaps there is no greater force on earth than words.  Words can be a powerful force for either life or death.  Perhaps one of the greatest weapons satan has ever formed against righteousness is twisted, crafty and perverted words.  With words Adam and Eve accepted the cunning lie and deception of satan that brought all of humanity into the bondage of sin.  Other than physically slaying someone there is nothing more powerful and destructive to the human spirit and soul than hurtful words. 

               As we look back over the course of the history of the Bible and God’s people we can see example after example where the enemy came in through those yielded to him and sought to use words to undermine and destroy the work of God.  What are some of the fruit of the flesh?  Galatians 5:20-21 says, “idolatry, participation in demonic activities, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, divisions, the feeling that everyone is wrong except those in your own little group, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other kinds of sin. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God (NLT).”  So many find their expression through words.  What is even more alarming and sad is that not only does the world want to speak evil of us, it is often those whom we have considered our brothers and sisters in Christ that stab us in the back and tear us down before others.  Psalms 41:9, “Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up [his] heel against me.”  Who can hurt us more than family or a dear friend?  As you read through the Psalms you will see this hurt and the unjust evil done toward David a prevalent theme.  A key we find here is that he was dealing first with it in his prayer closet.  Moses was nearly stoned and rebelled against on many occasions through the slanderous words that stirred up the people against him.  The New Testament holds many accounts through which Christians were beaten, plundered and killed because of evil words spoken against them.  Then we have our greatest example, our Lord Jesus, who through the unjust words and judgements of men was condemned, beaten and crucified.  That is why Jesus calls the Jewish leaders in our key text a “generation of vipers”.  If there is poison in the heart, there will be poison in the tongue and out of an evil heart men will speak evil things.  I believe there is a general principle that the more power, wealth or influence you possess the more subject you may be to these attacks, as many of them arise out of envy, selfish ambition and jealousy, but it can happen to any of us.

               What do I do when someone has crushed my heart with hurt and disappointment, as well as seeking to ruin my reputation before men?  Psalm 41:11-13, “By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me. And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever. Blessed [be] the LORD God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen.”  In Matthew 5:44-45 Jesus declares, “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”  I guess it can be said that this sort of thing goes with the territory.  Our greatest defense is prayer where we can share our heart and our hurt with the Father, forgiveness of those who have hurt you and the love of God toward even your enemies.  Our greatest danger is to fall into like tactics of gossip, slander and other devices, we could well feel justified in using if we are in the flesh.  Just maintain your integrity.  Bring everything into the light and full disclosure, if you are wrong or at fault in any way, confess it and repent of it.  Give no place to the devil by hiding anything in the darkness.  That is where he does his best work.   Be careful about trying to justify yourself, which is our natural tendency.  Weigh what you say and do before the Lord and be led of the Spirit before you speak concerning these issues. 

               This is a spiritual thing and we can all easily get caught up in the snare of gossiping, backbiting and storytelling.  Avoid conversation and fellowship with those who are critical and faultfinding. Let your tongue speak good and blessing for the Word says we are “to speak evil of no man” (Titus 3:2).  

               God is our vindication and our justification.  Don’t take the hurtful wounding words and divisiveness into your spirit.  Give it to the Lord.  Your life and your testimony will speak for itself. Matthew 5:10-12, “Blessed [are] they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven Blessed are ye, when [men] shall revile you, and persecute [you], and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great [is] your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”

Blessings,

#kent 

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