All God has is only Broken Vessels.
Every Man and Woman of God is broken in some area or another in their lives. Their area of brokenness can at times become the point of discussion or gossip for other believers and men of God. Remember, their brokenness is not a weakness; it’s God’s way of keeping them humble. God can use that brokenness to display his power and glory. Nobody excels as a man of God without being broken. God breaks everyone’s pride to keep them from destruction. He keeps them humble so they can have honour.
What we sow is what we reap.
Remember, every word spoken against another man of God is like a seed sown into the ground. One day it will spring up and you will get a taste of your own treatment. Jesus said “But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the Day of Judgment for every empty word they have spoken ” Mathew 12:36. So we need to give an account or explanation for every empty word spoken. Its better we use our tongue to speak life into people’s lives than destruction. Every idle word spoken falls to the ground.
We can end up fighting God.
Speaking against another man of God is speaking against the God who has called him and chosen him. No matter how imperfect the man is, our responsibility is to pray and intercede rather than fight him for the wrong things he does. When Saul chased after David to kill him, David found him in a place sleeping and his soldiers said “Now is the time for you to kill your enemy.” “The Lord has given him into your hands.” But David responded saying “I will never touch the anointed of the Lord.” At that moment in Saul’s life, the spirit of the Lord was taken away and an evil spirit troubled Saul. But David did not look at Saul in the present, he looked at his beginning and had respect for the anointing Saul carried. He feared the God who anointed him and that is why he said “I will not touch the anointed of the Lord.” No wonder God honoured David so much that he went on to become one of the greatest Kings of Israel.
Examine your heart before you examine others.
When a man’s actions or sins are made public, people are so quick to judge and examine the situation. They take advantage of the fact that the news is public and gossip about the man until they are satisfied in their hearts about it. It’s at this point we fail to examine our own hearts. Sins that are made public are often news for gossip and reasoning, but sins that are kept in secret are naked before God. What is naked before God needs to be examined and corrected. When it goes un-examined, it gives room for hypocrisy. Jesus said in Mathew 7:5 “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”
God never calls anyone to a ministry of judging others.
Some people take it upon themselves to judge and target other men of God. There are so many articles floating in social media breaking and ridiculing men of God. Unfortunately, some people have gone to the extent of taking it up as a ministry to target another man of God’s ministry. The Bible has no mention of such a ministry. The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:2 “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction.”
Timothy was in a position where he pastored the church at Ephesus which the apostle Paul had founded. Timothy was connected with the Ephesian church and the Lord had given him grace and authority to pastor the church. Therefore, the apostle Paul gave him the word stating: “correct, rebuke and encourage with great patience and careful instruction.”
Timothy was not in any judging or correcting ministry. He was called to pastor the church. He had to care for them and love them. Because he shared such a relationship, he had authority to correct and rebuke. But today, many take this up as a ministry without having any relationship or authority over the man of God or his ministry. This leads to disunity in the church and depicts us people fighting one another with no unity in the spirit.