Don’t assume the worst of fellow brothers or sisters.
Hanun in 1 Chronicles 19 believed that worst and payed dearly. Thousands of people died because he was willing to believe the worst of people without even asking a question. Some may argue that he was lead astray by his advisors but they did the same, assumed the worst.
Sadly many Christians are falling in to the same SIN. In James 4:11 we read “Do not speak evil of one another, brethren...” again in James 5:9 “Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned...” Why is it so hard obey what God’s says through James. Is it because we have been hurt before or is it we are that easily stirred up by Devil or perhaps we just give into our own evil desires. You know what, it doesn’t matter the “why.” We are commanded to not speak evil of each other. Which is to say in another way don’t verbally assume the worst about your fellow brothers and sisters. It is not helping.
Just because you hear someone say your name down the hall does not mean they are talking bad about you. But when you jump to the conclusion and start accusing them to others you are SINNING. You may argue, “well I found out later I was right.” Well, you still SINNED because the command is not based on their guilt or innocents. You just are not suppose to speak evil of one another.
So the next time you are tempted to start talking evil about someone take your thumb and place it firmly in you mouth. For it is better for you to be know as a thumb sucker than a backbiter.