“Do not go about spreading slander among your people. Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor’s life. I am the LORD.” Leviticus 19:16
In this chapter God gives many little rules about not doing various things to a person’s neighbor. Here He is telling people not to slander or endanger anyone. This includes spreading any type of slander that is heard.
Times have not changed. People like to slander others all the time. In the current season of the USA, it is very prevalent among politicians running for various positions. In both the workplace and government positions, when a person wants to get a position over someone else, the common thing is to point out what is wrong with the other person. This is slandering someone else, giving them a bad name in public.
Alongside of this God tells the people not to endanger the lives of their neighbor. This is most often looked at as just the physical life of the person. It can also include their character. No one is to do anything that could cause a danger of any type to any other person.
Slander is just a way of cutting someone else down to make yourself look better. Read the news or magazines and it is full of slander from one person to another, or one group to another. Movies are filled with extreme slander and endangering of other’s lives.
Jesus said that the ultimate rule is to love every person, including your enemies. When you love someone you will not want to harm them in any way. If you are living for Jesus, you will have no need to cut another person down. You will want to build them up.
Do not allow yourself to be caught up in the process of slandering and harming other people. Regardless of how bad a person is, does not give you the right to cut them down. Pray for them and lift them up before God and others.
What are your words saying about others?
How does your words and actions affect other people?
Do your words and actions build up or tear down people?
I pray today that God will fill you with His love for others; that God will reveal what your words and actions are doing; that you will seek to build others up in Jesus; and that your words and actions will represent Jesus to this world.