Slander, in Webster’s dictionary is- the utterance of false charges or misrepresentations which defame and damage another’s reputation. One common issue in Psalms 56, 120, 140-142, is the damage, the hurt, the wickedness that comes from an evil tongue. Most of us have been on the receiving end of some type of slanderous remark and know the feeling and threats in makes on you. Are you also on the giving end of that? Many of us work in environments where it seems the coffee pot area loosens tongues. Proverbs 20:19 says to not associate with gossip. Isn’t listening to gossip spreading it also? Social media has made it easy to reach numerous people with a single post. This can be very good but in can be disastrous. The results of gossip and unkind words can ruin a person. The slander from friends or enemies can cause stress, emotional and spiritual weakness. James tells us in chapter 3 that the tongue is a fire, a restless evil and full of poison. James even tells us that no one can tame the tongue. Think about this, if you have a wild animal you can’t tame, you fence it to control it from harming others. We can’t tame the tongue; but we can control it by always being careful of what and how we say things.
David was comforted from such things as this by the ever presence of God. Are you? As you look around you, do you consciously think about God being there with you? Thanking God for His ever –watchful care and concern is a blessing we have through prayer.