By Keith Bellamy
“Bad-mouthing” is a popular pastime even for Christians. If you aren’t careful you can do it without realizing it. Someone said confession is good for the soul. And it is. That’s why I will readily admit it when I goof up. Sometimes though, we need to be corrected when we get caught up in the game of “Bad-Mouthing”.
Years ago, I misspoke, and someone came to me and asked if I had said thus and such concerning a preacher. Instead of being honest I jumped all around the subject. Had I been honest I would have said, “Yes, I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have, but I did.” And then the next thing I should have done was go to the individual who misunderstood me and then apologize for any harm I may have caused.
That’s what Jesus said to do in Matthew 5:23, 24. "So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.” He also had this to say in Matthew 18:15-17, “If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. But if you are unsuccessful, take one or two others with you and go back again, so that everything you say may be confirmed by two or three witnesses. If the person still refuses to listen, take your case to the church. Then if he or she won't accept the church's decision, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector.”
Thankfully that preacher and I ended up being very dear friends. And the reason we became friends is because we put into practice what Jesus said.
I was at a dinner a while back and the “bad-mouthing” started again. I got up and left. I didn’t want to be around it.
Do you “bad-mouth”? Why? I am trying to not listen or participate in this game. What about you?