20 “You must not testify falsely against your neighbor.
Well... I think I'm pretty good on this one. I know I've never testified in a court hearing, and I know I haven't slandered my neighbors to a cop.
All good there...
This commandment encompasses gossip as well... well... I might be in a bit of a pickle.
Gossip is something I try my best not to do, but sometimes, it just comes out. I have to tell God I'm sorry a lot of times over this-- and I try to do better.
What are the consequences for "testifying falsely against your neighbor'?
*Well... you have pretty ticked off neighbor.. and rightfully so. You've basically slandered them and given them a bad name. Most folks (if my Southern can come out a bit) don't take kindly to that.
*You lose your credibility. If you testify falsely against someone, you become the boy who cried wolf. No one will believe you the second time. IF you think there is information maybe the police should know about.. make sure its correct and based on fact first. Once that trust is gone, it's hard to get back.
*You lose friendships. So, your neighbors/co-workers might not be your best buddies in the first place (why would you say bad things about them if they were?), but talking bad about them can make you lose your friends. Some people don't like being around a gossip-- some fine it extremely enjoyable (and are those really the kind of friends you want?)
This is a hard commandment to write about--- not because it's hard, but because it's easy. "Don't lie about your neighbor to anyone"
Yeap... that about sums it up. :)
God Bless You
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