I started reading the book of Titus, the goal to read the book in one sitting. (Not to difficult as it is only three chapters.) I couldn’t get past the first verse. “Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one ……. (emphasis mine)
Definition of Slander: “A malicious, false and defamatory statement or report: a slander against his good name.”
This lesson seems to be a theme with me the last couple days. I testify to God’s powerful goodness in my life and then as soon as the words flow out of my mouth, doubt creeps in the back door. What about this area, the enemy whispers in my ear …….. a circumstance that with human eyes, I see as floundering.
You see, as I read that verse, God highlighted the word “Slander” to me. It struck me that every time I doubt His working, His way, His timing – I defame His power. I call Him liar instead of wise – if only to “myself”. My internal talk slanders His good name and the unbelief has some grit to hang on to.
I need to speak out truth and stop mulling over that which is false and defamatory. What I dwell on will grow in my heart – in this case reinforcing unbelief.
He wasn’t punishing me, just a gentle reminding and redirecting me towards truth. Thank you Father for your gentleness, kindness and goodness. I love You!!