Do Not Speak Against One Another James 4:11 Part 1


Yesterday, we read verses 11-12 with a questioning mindset to slow down and really see what God is saying.

Today, we want to plunge in and examine these 2 mighty verses about speaking against one another.

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Let’s Pray

Oh Lord,  we hunger for Your Word of Truth and do desire to understand it in order to live it and know the fullness of blessing and bring You honor in Your Son’s name. Thank you.




LOOK at What God Says

What will you do first?

READ God’s Word

Read James 4:11-12 again.  

Let’s concentrate on verse 11.

What does James say not to do? 


What does he contrast to make his point?


Here we go again, James is coming back around to the tongue. Speaking against another has everything to do with our tongue.

So obviously there must have been a problem, or James wouldn’t have to say, ‘do not do this‘!

Do you remember what we LEARNED about the tongue?

What does it have the power to do?

What did James tell us about the fountain?

Go back in to Chapter 3 and review!



Unlock the Meaning 

What words are key that we should check out?



Speak againstkatalaléō; to slander, to speak evil of, to slander (1Pe 2:12; 3:16). Forbidden for Christians (Jas 4:11). Backbiting, defamation; to blaspheme, revile; to falsely accuse.

Grammar ‘do not‘ is the Present Imperative Active (pim).

Present: Is to be continuous/ongoing;

Imperative is a command; and

Active means the subject performs the action.

Think about these words?

What does slander mean?

What about backbiting?

And blaspheme?

And revile?

Hear God Speak


Am I guilty of speaking against another person in the church? 

Do I slander, defame, others?

Am I a backbiter, a reviler?

Respond to God…LIVE it out!


Think About Context

James just admonished the church about conflicts and humility.

Wouldn’t speaking against another in the church cause conflicts?

I’ve had to think, what would be at the root of speaking against one another?

Would it be the arrogance, and pride James warned us about?

Do you remember God is opposed to the proud?



LOOK at Other Truths about:

Speaking Against One Another (4:11)

1. What does God say?

 a. “You shall not bear a false report; do not join your hand with a wicked man to be a malicious witness. (Exo 23:1)

b. “You let your mouth loose in evil And your tongue frames deceitYou sit and speak against your brother;  You slander your own mother’s son. (Psa 50:19-20)

Hear God Speak


Am I guilty of speaking a false report about someone?

When have I been a malicious witness?

Do I speak evil and deceit about others?

Who am I speaking against? Why?

Respond to God…LIVE it out!


2. What is speaking against another associated with?

a. Jesus associated slander with wicked sins that come from the heart. ( Mat 15:18-19)

b. The words you speak reveal your heart. (Mat 12:34, 37)

We see: our tongue and our words really do reveal if we have genuine faith.


3. Who speaks against a brother?

a. He who conceals hatred has lying lips, And he who spreads slander is a fool. (Pro 10:18)

Do you remember we saw earlier that God hates a lying tongue, false witness, one who spreads strife, (Pro 6:16-19).

We also saw Satan is the father of lies, (Joh 8:44).

Understand: Slander is of Satan.


b. Romans 1:18-32 describes the ungodly, who are haters of God, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickednessgreedevilfull of envymurderstrifedeceitmalicethey are gossips, slanderers, ... (Rom 1:29-30)

Hear God Speak


Am I guilty of spreading slander?

Am I a liar; a fool; ungodly? 

Do I hate God, full of unrighteousness, deceit, and malice?

Am I a gossip? 

Respond to God…LIVE it out!


4. What will God do?

Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him I will destroy(Psa 101:5)

Do these Words stir your heart and cause a fear of God to rise up?


5. What do you understand about those with genuine faith?

a. Because we are new, in the likeness of God, created in righteousness and holiness of the truth we are not to let any unwholesome word proceed from our mouths, but only words for edification that will give grace to those who hear… We put away all bitterness, wrath, clamor, slander, along with malice. (Eph 4:34-31)

Hear God Speak


Am I new? 

If so, does my mouth reflect it?

Is my talk different than before Christ?

What comes forth from my mouth?

Is my speech always with grace, seasoned with salt, to edify others?

Or, do unwholesome words spew out?


b. Paul said, put them all aside: angerwrathmaliceslanderand abusive speech from your mouth.  Because you have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him… (Col 3:8-10)

Grammar: The verb ‘put aside is Aorist Imperative Middle (aipm).

Aorist tense – is like a snapshot, showing an action occurs.

Imperative mood – usually is a command.

Middle voice – the subject initiates the actions and participates in the action.

c. Peter said, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander… (1Pe 2:1)


6. What is our speech to be?

Let your speech always be with graceas though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.  (Col 4:6)

We see: if we are new, sins are put aside.

We see: If we are new, it is evident in the words we speak.


Hear God Speak


If I am new, have I done what Paul and Peter say to do? 

What am I doing to put aside my sins?

Am I submitting to God and the power of the Spirit when it comes to slander?

Or, is my speech abusive with malice and slander? 

Respond to God…LIVE it out!



Shall We Call it a Day?

Reflect and meditate on what God taught us about not speaking against another brother or sister.

How has the Spirit stirred your heart?

Talk to God. He loves you and desires you and I to be obedient to this command.


Save Your Discovery

As we bring this day to a close, journal your discovery and communion with the Lord in your Notes – save them forever!





Turn What We LEARNED into a Prayer 

OH FATHER, THE ONE AND ONLY JUDGE.  We thank you for Your Word that is so razor sharp, and shows us the intents of our hearts, I pray we have heard You today, and see how serious it is to speak against another. As we see this is a deed of the ungodly, of fools, I ask that each one of us would be willing to confess to You the times we have slandered others, spoken against others, defaming their character, and/or gossiped maliciously. Father, please forgive us. Please cleanse us of our sins. Cleanse us of all unrighteousness, (1Jo 1:9). Because we are new creatures in Christ, may no unwholesome word come from our lips. Help us to speak grace and edify, encourage and build others up. Please help our words be seasoned with salt as Paul said. May our words give forth the flavor of Christ, stopping corrupt conversation and preserve pure dialogue. Oh Father, continue to renew our minds, and transform us from the inside out, (Rom 12:1-2). We ask this in Jesus name, for Your glory and our good. Amen!


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About the Author:

Janette has started Bible studies everywhere God has moved her—most filling up to over a 100 men, women, young adults and kids. She continues to make disciples and raise up leaders, training and teaching the Word of God.

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