“But desire earnestly the best gifts. Moreover, I show a most excellent way to you,” (1 Corinthians 12:31).
This is a better way, a more excellent way. It is the right way. Love is more important than spiritual gifts or prophecy. Love is how we fulfill the Torah and Ten Commandments which is summed up as Loving Adonai, and Loving Yourself as you Love others. Yeshua tell’s us when we stand praying to forgive. He also tells us that if we bring our gift to Adonai and their remember that a brother has ought with us we are to go and make amends. The word also tells us that if we have ought with someone else we are to go to them. If they don’t listen or repent then we are to bring elders in the congregation to help mediate it. This is what Yeshua taught us: To Love, Forgive and Heal Broken Relationships. He also released Healing on the cross and empowered believers to drive out devils.
Knowing and understanding the spiritual realm helps us separate a person from the spiritual struggle they deal with. Yeshua said I know what’s inside of men. When you learn to walk in discernment and love then you can love the person and despise the cause of sin, and the evil kingdom of satan behind sin. Its when we associate people with evil for the sins they commit that we miss the mark. Yes people fall for satan’s lies and sin however since day one and hour one of the fall its been demonic spirits tempting us through voices and thoughts that are not our own. Knowing this frees us to discern who and what is work and in this we should be able to love and forgive.
When Yeshua said that forgiveness and judgment is tied to binding and loosing people spiritually, (contextually that is what Yeshua is referring to), He gave men keys to bring freedom to the captive. This is also the principle of the power of life and death is in the tongue. Out of the same mouth come blessing and cursing. When we stand in judgment and/or gossip we are speaking evil on a person which is a word curse, this is the tongue of death or the power of death on the tongue. When we speak positively and encourage a person then they are freed from word curse’s we may have spoke. We are to encourage and build each other up. We aren’t to assume evil or speak evil. Understanding LaShon Hara and Biblical Love takes the Fruit of the Holy Spirit. If you have not love your loud, noisy and its no fun listening to you. Judging is human weakness, discernment is spiritual wisdom.
“If I speak with the languages of men and of angels, but don’t have love, I have become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.
Love is patient and
love doesn’t envy.
Love doesn’t brag,
is not proud,
doesn’t behave itself inappropriately,
doesn’t seek its own way,
is not provoked,
takes no account of evil;
doesn’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but
rejoices with the truth;
bears all things,
believes all things,
hopes all things,
endures all things.
Love never fails…
But now remain faith, hope, and love: these three.
The greatest of these is love.”
~ (1 Corinthians 13)
“Do not go about as a talebearer among you people,” (Leviticus 19:16).
Speech is powerful. Leviticus 19:16 says “do not go about as a talebearer among your people.” The word Rachil according to Rashi is a “roving merchant” we should not go peddling harmful tales about others. The teaching of Lashon Hara לשון הרע “the “evil tongue” (or Language) is a prohibition against derogatory, damaging negative or harmful gossip and true speech that affects all aspects of communication from spoken to written, to email, to text, to physical, to financial, to social and even stress inducing communication. The Sefer Chafetz Chaim teaches the Halachic implications and fully explored this in detail. Everything hinges on peace (shalom), keeping the peace and leaving in peace. Let no unwholesome speech proceed from your mouth except for that which is for the edification and encouragement of the brethren.
The Talmud teaches that Lashon Hara is the root cause of Tzarat. In Numbers 12 we see that Miriam Moshe’s sister got Tzarat from speaking the truth in a derogatory way to Moshe while Aharon listened apparently in agreement (Deuteronomy 24:8-9). Lashon Hara is considered to be a serious sin and those goes to show how much worse if the statement is Hotzaat Diba which is a false, derogatory, slanderous or defamatory speech. LaShon Hara covers all aspects of speech large and small and is a rule to live by. Adonai didn’t take it lightly when the truth was used to speak harmfully of Moshe.
It is true that seventy Elders prophesied and by extension that Aharon and Miriam prophesied as they we’re among the Eldgers (Numbers 11:25). So the statement was true but it was a “criticizing” remark that was harmful. Lashon Hara is done to one’s face, behind one another’s back and even listening to it is considered Lashon Hara. To encourage one to speak the truth about another that sheds them in a bad light and listen and nod in agreement is Lashon Hara. This is why Aharon who was listening apparently in agreement also had to repent. Since Miriam received the Tzarat it is more than likely she is the one who spoke it. Since Aharon is the High Preist it would have been an even graver sin had he spoken it. It is interesting to note that Aharon didn’t receive Tzarat after pleading for mercy.
Lashon Hara focuses on true statements that are harmful and is more focused than just simple defamation of character. If the truth harms a person it should not be said. In a state of emotional despair we should not say the truth about people if it is meant to or causes harm. When truth is used for a harmful or wrong purpose, this goes beyond falsehood and harmful intent. This should govern all aspects of one’s life. Lashon Hara is when something portrays a person in a negative light, is not previously known, is not intended to improve a negative situation and is true. If it is true its still wrong to say if it castes a person in a bad light. We also should not “spread a bad name” which is an untrue characterization that is slanderous or defamatory. Of course spreading lies or disinformation is prohibited as well. Another form of bad communication is Rechilut which is anything that create’s animosity between individuals. One example of this was given where Judah tells Levi that Shimon is Fat (Judah woul have spoke Lashon Hara, a disparaging remark), and then Levi goes and tells Shimon what Judah said about him. As a result of what Levi told Shimon he then became angry with Judah. That is Rechilut.
On the flip side there are time LaShon Hara is compulsory. For example Yeshua called the Pharisee’s broad of Vipers and whitewashed graves full of dead men’s bones. Which is true and cast’s them in a bad light yet on the other hand when the Pharisee’s brought a woman caught in adultery and tried to cast her in a bad light Yeshua said “he who is without sin cast the first stone,” and then He proceeded to write in the sand. Possible the 613 commands, or the names of sins they’ve committed, or the laws of LaShon Hara who knows.
There are times when one is obligated to speak out, even if what they are saying is damaging to the person. Mainly if the intent is to use the true but negative information to edify, and build up through positive and constructive means to benefit those being named who are present to hear and respond. This is the only exception. Yeshua seemed to understand when to speak it and when not to. We can just by the intent if the intent is rooted in the evil inclination to cause harm then its Lashon Hara if its meant to correct, edify or bring one to repentance and thus bring change it seems permissible but shouldn’t be using lightly ever.
There are rules our chief Rabbi and Adon Yeshua set, one to go to a person whether they have a problem with us or we have a problem with them, two if that doesn’t work bring some impartial Elders in the congregation, if its an irreconcilable matter of gross sin that is unrepentant for then it must be brought before the congregation if there isn’t repentance that person should be cast out for a season and let over to satan until such a time as the person is ready to truly repent and come back into the fold.
“See how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to live together in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, That ran down on the beard, Even Aharon’s beard; That came down on the edge of his robes; Like the dew of Hermon, That comes down on the hills of Tziyon: For there the LORD gives the blessing, Even life forevermore,” (Psalms 133)
In John 17 Yeshua prayed that we would be one (Echad) as Yeshua and The Father are one (Echad). When you understand Echad, as in a husband and wife who becomes Echad (one) flesh, but has two bodies then you can understand Adonai Yeshua and Elohim His Father who are Echad when we learn this Unity, or more precisely Plural Unity (which is a definition of Echad) then we can have a commanded blessing. There is diversity in unity. We should seek this unity in diversity.
“In essentials unity, in non-essentials diversity, in all things love.” – Jonathan Edwards
“Follow after love, and earnestly desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy,” (1 Corinthians 14:1).
Love is more important than spiritual gifts, prophecy is more important than tongues. Isn’t it interesting how mans ways always seem to oppose Adonai’s. For example many seek “unknown tongue’s” more than “prophecy” and many seeks to show that they have “spiritual gifts” than show love. We are to follow the way of Love, and Yes “desire” spiritual gifts. If you seek spiritual gifts seek to prophesy.
“18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious, which are: adultery, sexual immorality, uncleanness, lustfulness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strife, jealousies, outbursts of anger, rivalries, divisions, heresies, 21 envyings, murders, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these; of which I forewarn you, even as I also forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, shalom, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law,” (Galatians 5:18-23).
By their fruit we know all men. Let work on pruning our own tree’s so that we may bear good fruit and be known as true Talmidim of Yeshua.
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