Proverbs 30:10 Dissected & Defined
Accuse not a servant (one in the state of submission) unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty.
Daily Devo Paraphrase
To accuse someone literally means, to wag the tongue. It is personal slander. Sadly, amongst a general body of believers, accusations fly high.
Accusing A Man to His Authority
Proverbs 30:10 is speaking directly of accusations that are made of one under authority to his authority. Why would someone accuse man to his authority? There are several reasons someone might do this. But the root of it is our pride. We tear down others to lift ourselves up.
Being a man in leadership, I hear often the shifted blame of those under me. It is easier for us to “wag our tongue” about other people’s failures than to fess up to our own guilt and failed responsibility. Yet once again, when sought after, there is a Hidden meaning in this verse also. Take note of the position of the accuser. He is taking the seat of the scornful.
Psalm one warns against people like this. An accuser would not be a fruit or outcome of the Holy Spirit living through you, so by process of elimination, who’s influence is it? It is the influence of the devil, the “Accuser of the Brethren.”
Yield to the Fruit of the Spirit Meekness
When a person takes the position of the accuser of another, he is placing himself under the influence and control of the devil. He is failing to yield to the fruit of the Spirit, meekness. Meekness is the ability for God’s people to negotiate amongst each other without causing friction.
So, next time you are tempted to shift the blame to another servant, check your seat! Are you sitting in the “Accuser of the Brethren’s” chair?