The Hypocrisy Of Talebearers

June 30

“The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor,
but through knowledge the righteous will be delivered.”
Proverbs 11:9

Words are powerful things. Words spoken against a person may be taken to heart by someone listening, and that person spoken against might now be viewed by others through the lens of your hateful words.

Many don’t stop to think of the hypocrisy from which they speak, because they have faults too. They may fancy themselves better than the other, but they’re not – and that is demonstrated by the very act of speaking evil of one’s neighbor, which in itself is sin.

vs 13:
“A talebearer reveals secrets,
but he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter.”

Don’t be a tale bearer. Be of a faithful spirit. Jesus said the two greatest commandments are to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength – and to love your neighbor as yourself. If we would be offended by someone speaking against us, we should remember how hurtful that is and not do it to someone else. Love conquers all, even love for the unlovable.