I love my wife. She teaches me things.
The other day we were discussing how we discuss things with other people. You have to be careful what you say and to whom you say it.
Someone you believe to be your friend will turn on you when you say something unflattering about another person – even if they agree with what you say.
Her conclusion is to speak things about others that cannot place blame back on yourself.
In Galatians 5:19-21 it speaks of the works of the flesh. Each of these attributes, characteristics, and sins work against you. Get involved with one and you will end up in trouble.
Use them against another person and you are to blame.
Then the next few verses say something totally different.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Gal 5:22-23
When you treat others with any of these characteristics you will never be blamed for doing wrong. There are no laws against these things.
So take the advice of the Bible and my wife – treat others with the fruit of the Spirit and others will never speak ill of you again.
Abba, the fruit of the Spirit is where I want to live each and every day. In Jesus name, YES&AMEN