CAC Living Water Daily Devotional | Sunday, February 13, 2022 | Don’t Be A Talebearer
Topic: Don’t Be A Talebearer
Date: Sunday, February 13, 2022 [World Radio Day]
Read: 2 Samuel 1:1-16
You shall not go about as a talebearer among your people; nor shall you take a stand against the life of your neighbor: I am the Lord (Leviticus 19:16)
A talebearer is one who maliciously gossips, or reveals secrets. He destructively meddles (in form of idle talk or rumour) in the private affairs of others. This is a form of character assassination. A talebearer is a list and slanderer who always gives false witness, and love evil report. He gossips in an indiscreet manner. He sheds blood with the words of his mouth. He doesn’t mind what take he bears, whether it is profitable or not. Are you one? The Bible warns about the havoc that talebearers wreck on others. ‘The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, and they go down into the inmost body’ (Prov. 26:22). We are equally warned not to meddle with talebearers, even as today commemorates World Radio Day (Prov. 20:19).
The Amalekites soldier in our golden text for today’s dose of the Living Water came from the battlefield to give a report to David. He wanted favour from David, which made him to give the details of King Saul’s death, though exaggerated, in fact, lying against himself. He was glad at the fall of King Saul. He saw that as an opportunity to accrue to himself an undue honour. Unknown to him, he messed with the wrong person – a man who loved even his enemies and wouldn’t allow the Lord’s anoint to fall by his sword. That Amalekite’s mouth exposedhimself to destruction because of his dishonesty, greed and unwholesome ambition. He had wrongly thought David would rejoice at his “enemy’s” fall, but he missed it.
Hope you aren’t like that Amalekite – rejoicing when your “enemy” is in danger (Prov. 24:17; Mic. 7:8)? Repent today. Instead of being a talebearer, be a carrier of good tidings, most especially, the Gospel of Christ (cf. Isa. 52:7). If you have been engaging in this wicked act that can cause irreparable damage to others, desist from it, now, so that you will not regret the result.
1. Pray that God should uproot every seed of gossip and backbiting from your life.
2. Pray that God will fight for you and defend you wherever people are gathering to accuse you falsely.
3. Pray for CAC Medayese Region, our father in the Lord, the Superintendent, and its officers at the various levels, as led by the Spirit of God.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Numbers 3 – 4
Author: Christ Apostolic Church [Worldwide]