“Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law.”
One of the things I respect about my mom is that she always honors my dad with her words. Even when my parents disagree or get irritated, I never hear my mom complain to her girlfriends about him. She’s always telling people what an amazing husband, provider, and protector he is; it’s evident to others that their relationship is full of mercy, love, and respect. When we speak negatively about others, it violates the two most important commandments that Jesus outlines for us in Matthew 22:36-40 (Love God and love your neighbor because the entire law hangs on these commandments). Do we honor God with our speech or complain about how He created our fellow image-bearers?
"WHAT DO OUR WORDS SAY ABOUT THE PEOPLE WE LOVE AND THE GOD WE SERVE?"
LORD, you are the judge. Thank you for all of the people you put in my life to challenge me and push me closer to you. Please forgive me for disobeying your command to love my neighbors and speak well of them. Holy Spirit, help me to love my enemies. Keep other people’s names out of my mouth and let every word I say be honoring to you.