Inner Truth~The Effective Messenger
THE BITE OF THE BACKBITTER
2 Corinthians 4:2 says, “But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling he word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.”
Sins behind the back compromise our conscience. Our conscience helps us discern right from wrong. To quench it, causes us to lose spiritual sensitivity. Psalm 66:18 says, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.” Proverbs 28:13 says, “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.”
Bitebitting is verbal rejection spoken behind someone’s back. Proverbs 15:4 says, “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.” Backbitting words spoken to the face would crush the spirit.
Paul addressed the Corinthians church in 2 Corinthians 12:20 about their negative behavior. It says, “For I fear lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I wish, and that I shall be found by you such as you do not wish; lest there be contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, backbitings, whisperings, conceits, tumults.”
Luke 6:31 says, “And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.” If you would not want others to malign your character to your face, then do not malign other’s behind their back. Malign means to speak about someone in a spitefully critical manner. Bitebiting words affect not only the speaker but the hearers. They defile everyone involved by sowing seeds of distrust. Have you ever listened to the words of a backbiter? You are defiled. If you judged them, then you will do the same thing. Backbiting is a grievous sin.
A backbitter is double minded. James 3:2-12 talks about the tongue. Verses 9-10 says, “With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things out not to be so.” Backbite and worship are like oil and water. They do not mix. James 1:8 says, “He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” A backbitter lacks the character of consistency. To be double-minded is to be drawn in two opposite directions.
If you have been caught up in backbiting, James has the antidote. James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” The Amplified says, “…(realize that you have been disloyal) wavering individual with divided interests, and purifying your hearts (of your spiritual adultery).” We cannot backbite and walk in intimate communion with the Lord at the same time.
Inner defilement contaminates our temple. 1 Corinthians 6:20 says, “For you were bought at a price; there glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
Backbiting is sin against God. David helps us understand that all sin is against God. Psalm 51:4 says, “Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight–that You may be found just when You speak, and blameless when You judge.”
Choose words that will build up and strengthen. Proverbs 16:24 says, “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.” David penned words that can be our prayer. Psalm 19:14 says, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.”
Our words are first thoughts. If you find yourself entertaining negative thoughts about another, change your thoughts. If you don’t they will come out of your mouth when you least expect them. After satan had tempted the Lord Jesus in the garden, he left with a hidden agenda. Luke 4:13 says, “Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed form Him until an opportune time.”
John 13:3 says, “And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him.” Verse 27 says, “Now after the piece of bread, satan entered him…”
Do not give the devil any ground in your life through your thoughts. Don’t set up those opportunities. Ephesians 4:27 says, “Nor give place to the devil.” The Amplified says, “Leave no (such) room or foothold for the devil (give no opportunity to him).” He will put fiery dart thoughts into our minds. We must quench them through our faith. Ephesians 6:16 says, “Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. j marilyn adams ~ April 14, 2016