When someone loves to slander

They are openly displaying hate,

Because when one’s reputation is tarnished

Even an apology is too late.

When someone loves to gossip

It will separate the closest of friends,

And once this trust is broken

It’s difficult to make amends.

When someone loves to hate

It’s a web within their soul,

Where darkness and all unrighteousness

In the heart creates strongholds.

When a neighbour’s possessions are coveted

It is envy from within,

And it’s where greed comes knocking on the door

Of the heart and causes sin.

When someone is insincere

And although greets you with a kiss,

It’s like venom and a spider’s web

When affections go amiss.

All unrighteousness begins deep within;

In the seat of our heart,

Where disloyalty along with suspicion

Will tear relationships apart.

When we ask for forgiveness

From God and others too;

When it flows sincerely from within

Our heart will be renewed.

The fruit of love is evident;

It suffers long and it is kind;

Will not envy or parade itself

And bears all things and is refined.

Only God can ultimately remove

The cobwebs in our heart,

When He reconciles us and restores 

As we make a brand new start.

(C) P.B. 2022

“Whoever hides hatred has lying lips, and whoever spreads slander is a fool.”  Proverbs 10:18

“In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.”  Proverbs 10:19

“Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but counselors of peace have joy.”  Proverbs 12:20

“A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a faithful ambassador brings health.”  Proverbs 13:17

“Though evil is sweet in his mouth, and he hides it under his tongue…it becomes cobra venom within him.”  Job 20:12-14

“Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; when he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.”  Proverbs 17:28

“You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife…nor anything that is your neighbour’s.”  Exodus 20:17

“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”  Matthew 6:14-15

“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never fails.”  1 Corinthians 13:4-8

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