Yet another post about oft forgotten sins…
1. Railing: To utter abusive language. II. To jest or rally
“But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.” 1Corinthians 5:11
“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.” Matthew 5:21-22
“And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, Save thyself, and come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save. Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.” Mark 15:29-32
2.Revile: To degrade, abase. To subject to contumely or abuse; to assail with opprobrious or abusive language.
A. Contumely: Insolent reproach or abuse; insulting or offensively contemptuous language or treatment; despite; scornful rudeness.
B. Opprobriate: To speak abusively or contemptuously of or to.
C. Despiteful: Full of spite, malicious, malignant.
I. Malicious: Harbouring ill will or enmity without provocation; having an evil disposition towards another or others.
II. Malignant: Malicious, Having an extreme disposition of evil towards another or others.
“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
“Thou shalt not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of thy people.” Exodus 22:28
“Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law? And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God’s high priest?” Acts 23:3-4
What do we think we are doing? Railing on or reviling someone is wicked! We should never utter ridiculing speech about or to another person. Reviling is despising someone with your language. How dare we speak thusly about or to another child of God?! Railing is name-calling without a justifiable reason. Including, angry outbursts, sarcastic comments, public ridicule, private rants, excessive criticism, lack of respect to those in authority, mean speech to others, slander and backbiting. Even Paul the apostle was reticent of railing on or reviling authority. We are to be charitable, meek, longsuffering, etc. Are we the sons of Belial? Why do we speak hellishly then? For this language is not from above. Our God is pure and righteous in all His ways.
“Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.” James 3:10-15
How can we call ourselves God’s children and praise Him and thank Him, then turn around and revile His Blood bought Saints with the same mouth? or rail against His God ordained authorities? or hold bitterness in our hearts against any? Let us continue to examine ourselves in the Light of Holy Scripture, and repent and be cleansed of our wicked ways. Let us not be spotted by the world and this wicked generation!
Oh, and as to the title of this post, I chose it because of the way it struck me that Jesus expects His children to be reviled by the world, not His children to be reviling each other!