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Attempts to restore a Christian who has been overtaken in a fault will usually fail, unless the defilement of listening to evil reports is first cleansed and then replace with the spirit of Christ’s love, humility, and forgiveness.
1.    Ask God to cleanse your mind from the defilement of an evil report.
2.    Pray for God to give you genuine love for each one involved in the evil report.
3.    Cleanse your mind with appropriate scripture.
Have I accepted the the evil report as true?
  • “The simple believeth every word, but the prudent man looketh well to his going” (Prov 14:15).  “Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins…” (Psalms 19:13).  PRESUMPTUOUSNESS is: “To take for granted and assume to be true in the absence of proof to the contrary.”
Has the evil report affected how I feel toward the person involved?
  • “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life; but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit” (Prov 15:4 ).  “…for wherein thou judges another, thou condemest thyself, for thou that judges doest the same things”  (Romans 2:1 ).  “Above all things, have fervent love among yourselves, for love shall cover the multitude of sins” ( 1 Peter 4:8 ).  “Love… thinketh no evil, rejoiceth not in iniquity…” ( 1 Corinthians 13:5-6)
Do I have an urge to tell someone else the evil report?
  • “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” (Ephesians 4:29 )  “A talebearer revealeth secrets, but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter” (Prov 11:13).
4.    You Know when you have cleansed your heart:
  • When you lose your urge to tell someone else the evil report.
  • When you grieve over the fact that a report was given.
  • When you have genuine love toward the person involved in the report.
  • When you are prompted to examine your own life for failures.
5.    Act on what you heard.  Is God directing you:
Is God directing you to contact the one who gave you the evil report?
  • To ask the four questions which identify an evil report?
  • To emphasize the importance of speaking the truth in love. (see John 17: 20-26; Philippians 2:1-4).
  • Is God directing you to contact the person involved in the situation?
  • Is God directing you to contact the person involved in the evil report in order to check out the facts and help to restore in the spirit of meekness? (See Matthew 18:15-18; Galatians 6:1).
Is God directing you to contact those who are spiritually responsible for the situation?