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Daily Living – Episode 52 – Patrick Newbill

Daily Living – Episode 52 – Patrick Newbill

How Do We Treat One Another?

AUTHOR: PASTOR PATRICK NEWBILL

Read James 4:11

Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.

Today, I talked about slander. NASB says “do not speak (evil) against one another.” Eeek! He’s talking to the church… that’s us.

The wording gets a little confusing but these two verses are painting a picture of people, in church, deciding they were on a level with God to decide what was right or wrong. They were deciding that slander/speaking evil (or, name your pet sin) was okay based on their situation/circumstances.

Today, we often paint it in Christian terms to justify it. Yep, I’ve done it too! It can come out as ‘prayer requests’ in front of the group. Maybe, that fill-in preacher /teacher didn’t deliver the message nearly as good as Pastor Ken or the regular teacher. Sometimes, it’s HARD not to say disparaging things that ultimately serve no purpose but to tear down!

Maybe we pretend we have forgiven the person who hurt us (as Scripture tells us to do). Therefore, when we say mean things, we say it with a smile. I’m guilty!

What about when we feel justified in speaking badly of someone? When God forgives you…do you deserve it? When God forgives you…does He keep bringing it up to use it against you? How does God want us to love one another?