Speak No Evil

Speak No Evil

Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.  (Tit 3:1-2) 

Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?  (Jas 4:11-12)

The Scripture passages above remind us that we should not speak evil of anyone, but rather to be ready in every season for good work.  We’re called to be peace-promoting, quiet, and unpretentious people.

Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. (Lk 6:37)  We’re not called to criticize or to assess other human beings!  We’re told to judge ourselves first and foremost.  (1 Cor 11:31)

For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.  (Jas 3:2)  The goal of controlling the tongue is a life-long goal that must be chosen for each and every day of our lives.  If anyone should ever accomplish this goal, James tells us that we would be “perfect” or complete and mature.

Furthermore, we have no need to judge anyone because there is already a Judge Who is qualified to judge mankind, since He lived as a man on earth.  All judgment has been committed to Jesus.  (Joh 5:22)

We should not only avoid judgment but we should not speak evil of other people.  We are to use our words wisely and to watch over them. (Ex 20:16; 23:1; Eph 4:29, 31; 1 Pet 2:1)  God bless you.

Hear Him! Part 2

Hear Him! Part 2

What does Jesus want us to hear?  There are many things that Jesus wants us to know as well as what it’s wise to obey.  Here are just some possibilities:

But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”  (Mt 4:4) 

  • Feed daily on the Word of God.

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. 26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”  (Mt 7:24-27) 

  • Build your foundation upon the Rock that is Jesus.

When He had called all the multitude to Himself, He said to them, “Hear Me, everyone, and understand: 15 There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man.  (Mk 7:14-15) 

  • Choose your words wisely.

However, the report went around concerning Him all the more; and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by Him of their infirmities.  (Lk 5:15) 

  • When you open your heart to the voice of the Savior, and believe Him, you receive healing.

But He said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”  (Lk 11:28) 

  • We’re blessed when we hear and obey God’s Word.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.  (Jas 1:22 NIV) 

  • Do what it says.

 “Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? 35 It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”  (Lk 14:34-35) 

  • We are the salt of the earth; as such, Jesus does not want us to lose our flavor. The “flavor” of salvation!

Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”  (Joh 4:42) 

  • Jesus is the Savior of the world.

In our previous article, we shared Bible verses that demonstrated that the Lord hears US.   It’s only appropriate and right that we should hear HIM!  The Scriptures teach us that when we hear God, we have the responsibility to obey Him!  God is so good, loving, and gracious that He empowers us to obedience by His free gift of grace.

In obedience and submission to God’s Word, we can be assured of blessings and victory in life. Hallelujah!