Spirit & Life Devotional
Sunday, 24 April 2016
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
“Tell them not to speak evil of anyone but to live in peace with others. They should be gentle and polite to everyone.” Titus 3:2 ERV
Just wondering who’s innocent of this one. Are you? We speak bad of people all the time, especially in their absence. It’s called backbiting and backstabbing.
Exactly why do we speak evil of others? I can think of some reasons: pride, annoyance, jealousy, anger, hatred and dislike. In one word, we speak evil of people we don’t love. People don’t say bad things about their parents and siblings publicly even when they upset them, because they love them. Love covers the multitudes of their offences. So when you are speaking evil about someone, check yourself immediately, you aren’t walking in love.
Don’t speak evil of your leaders too! Ecclesiastes 10:20 says, “Don’t say bad things about the king. Don’t even think bad things about him. And don’t say bad things about rich people, even if you are alone in your home. A little bird might fly and tell them everything you said.”
Hebrews 12:14 says to pursue peace with everyone. Pursue peace! Yes, they may have hurt you, ignored you, or even spoken bad about you, but how you react is up to you; retaliation only makes you like them. Be gentle and polite. Bless, don’t curse. I love what the Bible says about the virtuous woman: “When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, and she always says it kindly.” Awesome!