Let all bitterness, and
wrath, and anger,
and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from
you, with all malice—Eph.
From his high standpoint
of appreciation of the Divine law, the advanced Christian sees that
in the Lord’s sight hatred is murder, slander is
assassination, and the destruction of a neighbor’s good name
is robbery and rapine. And any of these things done in the
Church, among the professed people of God, is doubly evil—the
assassination and robbery of a brother. The only exception to
this rule, “Speak evil of no man,” would come in where we might know
of an absolute necessity for making known an evil— where the
relating of the evil would be contrary to our heart’s wishes, and
only mentioned because of necessity—because of love for others who,
if not informed, might be injured.
Parallel passages: Rom. 12:14, 18-21; Col. 3:8, 13, 19; Titus
3:2; Jas. 3:5-18; 4:11; 1.Pet. 2:1, 23;3:9; 1.Cor. 13; Eph. 4:26,
32; 5:1, 2; 2.Cor.