What is Backbiting
Malicious talk targeted at someone in the absence of the person.
Harmful talk with an intention to destroy the person.
Reasons why people backbite
- When rebuked by an authority
Be careful not to backbit when rebuked by an authority
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
- As a means to destroy an opponent, to win others to one’s side
Another word for backbiting, is called defaming.
Never defame others to look good.
- As a means to communicate one’s displeasure in an environment
Don’t destroy an environment when you leave there.
- As a means to preserve dominance or usurp power.
Do not be controlling in an environment because everyone is in to serve.
- Product of an Inferiority Complex
Effects of Backbiting
- It causes anger and hatred amongst people
- Drives away the Presence of God
- It fights organizational growth
Prayer about Backbiting
- Ask God for forgiveness for anytime you have backbitten anyone or in any environment especially in the church
- Ask God to deliver you from any backbiting spirit
- Ask God for the spirit of wisdom
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