Life Fellowship Church, Trivandrum, India


(Talebearing, Slander, Etc.)

A. God’s commandment in the Law

“You shall not go about as a talebearer among your people; I am the Lord”
(Lev 19:16)

B. Causes of Backbiting

  • Lack of love (1 Cor 13:6; Gal 5:14,15)
  • Failure to remember that God hears it and the Holy Spirit is grieved
    (Num 12: 1,2; Eph 4:30,31)

C. Effects of Backbiting

  • It deeply wounds the heart. (Prov 18:8)
  • It is the cause for many a strife. (Prov 25:23; 26:20)
  • It is a hindrance to personal spiritual growth and affects the ministry in the church. (1 Pet 2:1,2; Psa 15:1-3; 2 Cor 12:20,21)

D. Backbiting and other evils

  • Backbiting and flattery (Prov 20:19)
  • Backbiting and hypocrisy (Psa 41:6; Jer 9:4,8)
  • Backbiting and position-loving (3 Jn 9,10)
  • Backbiting and idling (1 Tim 5: 13; 2 Thess 3:11)
  • Backbiting and backsliding (Jer 6: 27-30)

E. Lessons from an Old Testament Example

Read Numbers 12:1-16. Miriam and Aaron backbit Moses!

  • Not Moses, but the LORD heard it (v 2).
  • The anger of the Lord was kindled (v 9).
  • The glory of God departed (v 10).
  • Miriam struck with leprosy—Loss of spiritual sensitiveness (v 10)
  •  Miriam shut out—Fellowship broken (v 15)
  • People’s journey delayed—Hindrance to progress (v 15)

F. When you want to backbite…
Ask yourself these questions:

  • Is it true?
  • Is it needful?
  • Is it kind?

G. When a backbiter comes to you…
Ask him these questions:

  • Will it do me any good if you tell me that story?
  • Will it do you any good to tell it?
  • Will it do the person about whom you have come to tell me, any good?

H. When you are backbitten…

  • Don’t defend!
  • Don’t offend!
  • But bless!

I. Severe punishment for backbiting

Psa 50:20,21; 101:5; Prov 6:12-15; Rom 1:30,32; 2:1

J. Some positive counsel

  • Tell your brother’s faults to him alone in private. (Mt 18.15,16)
  • Confess your faults one to another and pray for one another. (Js 4:11; 5:9,16)
  • Think on virtues. (Phil 4: 8)

K. The Greek word for “devil” is “diabolas” which means SLANDERER!

Posted in Life Blog on September 30, 2017.