Slander Is the Outward Manifestation of Jealousy and Envy
“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.” – Matthew 5:11
“You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with a wicked man to be a malicious witness.” – Exodus 23:1
“For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.” – Titus 3:3
“Do not say, ‘I will repay evil’; wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.” – Proverbs 20:22
There are very specific passages about the importance of not speaking malice or being a false witness against brothers and sisters. Whether it be a Gentile or a believer, slander is a huge evil to those who pronounce it. Slander was one of the main topics that almost every apostle covered in the Gospel and also it is mentioned extensively as well in the Torah.
Peter stated that malice, deceit, and hypocrisy needed to be put away. Why did every apostle make it an aim to speak about slander? Could it be that they were slandered by individuals when they were entering new territories or places? When Jesus stated that the world hated Him first without a reason there may have been a truth to that.
Why is slander so harmful? It takes lies and tries to deceptively make them seem like truths. If they are accepted as truth, those that slander are hurting themselves and the person that believes lies is also hurt. There are individuals who practice slander and may have it down to an art, but we know that the truth is that the LORD will see that justice occurs. There is still time to repent of slander and of sins.