Lesson for May 7, 2016.

SLANDER AND EVIL SPEAKING

No one likes to be gossiped about, nor does anyone enjoy being slandered. Yet there is certainly no shortage of gossip circles or slander manufacturers. This shows that many have no real antipathy for the sport itself, and that it is only when they themselves are the targets for its bitter arrows that they fully appreciate its loathsomeness. The next time we find ourselves participating in any kind of “evil talking” or unkind speculation, we would do well to examine our motives. We would also do well to ask ourselves if we really know what we are talking about. Often people repeat things about which they have no first-hand knowledge. They may not even know the person whom they are slandering, but have just heard “this and that” from some “insider.“ This insider often is, in reality, an “outsider” – which is why he starts the slander in the first place! In fact, some of the chief motives for slander are feelings of inferiority and jealousy, brought on by a weak spiritual state and a need to justify one’s self by denigrating others.

Scripture Reading: Ephesians chapter 4.

Memory Verse: Ephesians 4:29.

  1. What is the source of slander? Matthew 15:19; Luke 6:45.
  2. Should we trust those who indulge in slander? Jeremiah 9:8.
  3. What class of people delights in gossip? Proverbs 11:9; Psalms 50:20; Jeremiah 6:28.
  4. What are the effects of slander? Proverbs 6:19,16:28, 18:8, 26:20.
  5. What is the end of mischievous gossip, sensationalism, exaggeration and speculation? Ecclesiastes 10:12-14.
  6. Are we justified in speaking evil of certain people whom we think deserve it? Titus 3:2-8.
  7. Will we have to give account of all our untrue and hurtful words? Matthew 12:36,37.
  8. Do seemingly godly people sometimes fall into the sin of slander and evil talking? James 1:26.
  9. What are the qualifications of those whom the Lord will allow into His tabernacle? Psalms 15:1-3.

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