The Bad Report

“Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” (1 Corinthians 15:33)

I made a very serious mistake years ago when I heard a man commenting on a mutual friend. “Oh, she is such a bad person because of —-“. And on the man went.

The mistake I made was that I bought into the lie and fell prey to a satanic snare that was laid for my soul, for the woman was not guilty of any wrongdoing, and even if she had been, the man was guilty of harboring resentment against her and spreading gossip.

I fell prey to the snare and bought into the lie. From that moment onward, I held judgment in my heart against this woman because of what the man had said! Literally months went by and I continued to hold on to this judgment – even though I had only had that single encounter with that man!

Why was I willing to believe the bad report this man was spreading about this woman? Was I, too, secretly against this woman in my heart and “willing” that this man should be right in his statement? I did not bother to check anything out, but was “quick” to believe the false report!

What a shame that I didn’t rebuke the man, instead. I naively bought into his own bitterness, and allowed that to begin to consume me, as well. How quickly we are ruined by the bad report of another! How quickly we allow ourselves to come under a deceptive influence, designed to ruin us and those that it positions us against. In this case, it “separated me” from trusting this woman. It “positioned me” on his side, for I chose to believe him, and thus chose to align myself with him.

But do you know what? In the end, this same man committed adultery and was the cause of a family breakup, leaving two children and a father grieving. Does that make you wonder? It should. It really should.

How many lies do we listen to every year, every week, or even every day that we are ready to “buy” into? How are our relationships affected by these lies? To believe a lie is to invite bondage into our lives. How many of us are suffering, including myself, because of lies that we may be holding to, even today?

“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if [there be any] wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24)