By Joe Chesser
In 1964, the Terry Stafford recording of “Suspicion”
rose as high as #3 on the US Top Ten Hit list even
though it had been previously recorded and released
by Elvis Presley just two years earlier on his album
“Pot Luck.” As I remember, the core of the song
Suspicion torments my heart
Suspicion keeps us apart
Suspicion why torture me
These words capture the feelings where there is no
trust in a relationship. Uncertainty and doubt rips
the heart to shreds. Suspicion can destroy a
friendship. It can destroy a marriage.
And it can destroy a church. Suspicion is a
tool of the devil that torments, tortures and
An example of what suspicions can do is King
Saul. During the first part of his reign over
Israel King Saul was a humble servant of God. But
after his rebellion to God by not destroying all of
the Amalekites (1 Sam. 15), God rejected him as king
and had Samuel anoint David as the next king.
Saul’s jealousy of David grew rapidly and his spirit
became evil. His suspicions of David drove him
mad, attempting to kill David on several
occasions. David did all he could to ease
Saul’s suspicions, but never could. Eventually
Saul disgracefully died (1 Sam. 31, 2 Sam. 1).
Satan loves to fill our minds with suspicions.
He loves it when we take every opportunity to think
negative thoughts about each other. He loves
it when we look on the actions of others with
distrust and when we always expect the worst from
each other. He loves to see friendships and
marriages and churches tormented and torn
apart. He loves to place little doubts in our
minds about each other. We must love it too,
for even the strongest of Christians will sometimes
allow Satan to fill them with suspicions. Then
we like to get into little groups or on social media
and share our suspicions with those who are willing
to listen. I’ll bet Satan can’t keep from lol!
But for those who truly love God and truly want to
be like Jesus, there is absolutely no place for
suspicions in their hearts, conversations or
actions. If you don’t have the facts, don’t
suspect the worst about each other. God is
about building friendships, marriages and churches,
not destroying them. God is about filling our
minds with constructive thoughts about each other.
His is about building the Kingdom with positive
words and actions. We are instructed by the
Holy Spirit through Paul to fill our minds with
things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely,
admirable, excellent and praiseworthy (Phil.
4:8). We are to love each other. That
means, according to 1 Cor. 13, to be patient and
kind with each other, to not be rude or easily
angered or to keep a record of wrongs, but to always
protect, trust, and hope in and for the one you
love. “Honor one another above yourselves” (Rom.
12:10), whether they deserve it or not.
Suspicions torment and separate. Love and
honor binds and blesses.
- Joe Chesser preaches for the Fruitland Church of
Christ, Fruitland, MO. He may be contacted
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