“He who does not back bite with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, nor does he take up a reproach against his friend.” – Psalm 15:3
Like the book of Job, the book of Psalm is part of the poetic books of the Old Testament. Many of them were written by King David. Psalm 15 is one of them. It is not known when he wrote this Psalm however, it could be when the ark of the covenant was brought into Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6).
He makes 3 points in this verse. The person who walks with God does not:
1) Backbite with his tongue. Jesus said “from the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”. Have you been talking behind people’s backs in a negative way that tears them down in front of others? God help us with this.
2) Does not do evil to his neighbor. Our neighbor is not always our friend. We must love our enemies too. Jesus said this in Matthew 5:44. Love even those who spitefully use us.
3) Does not take up a reproach against his friend. The word reproach here is derived from a word meaning to “strip” or deprive of garments. He is saying that we should not strip anyone of their good character by our gossip.
As a Christ follower, what characteristics are you displaying today? Is there anything in your heart that needs to be changed towards someone else? Are you holding on to a hurt or wrong done to you? We all do, don’t we? Maybe today is the day Jesus wants you to lay those down at His feet and never pick them up again…