Why is it that you more often hear people speak badly of someone than good? Why is it that people look for bad in others? A possible reason why people look for bad is so that they may destroy and pull people down others making them lower than themselves or to expose other people’s lower estate and make themselves appear to be better.
An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire. (Proverbs 16:27)
However by just glancing at this passage, you can see that those digging for dirt are really the individuals with the spiritual problem. Countless times I have seen people, in the name of Christ, look for dirt either to expose sin or a person’s wavering in faithfulness to Christ.
We would be better to recall and live the words of the Psalmist: “Let the words of my mouth,
and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer” (Psalm 19:14) or the admonition of Paul: “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”
It is so easy for us to fall into this trap. It happens as a result of our outlook on life. If our heart’s desire is to help people and to make them successful, we may see these same negative characteristics, but only as obstacles to overcome so that the benefits and goodness of the individual may be exposed. Your tongue is a powerful instrument and can be used for good or evil. (James 3:5-10). Make sure that you use it wisely.