Often Believers are overly careful of using the word “fool”.
They believe that it is a sin to call a fool a fool.
We always do well to guard the tongue.
We do well to speak encouragement, exhortation in love and truth.
But, as we have seen in the Word, acknowledging the traits and life of a fool is not a sin.
It has to do with the attitude of the heart.
Here is what we are not to do…
“But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,' shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,' shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.
Note it is brother-to-brother.
Be not angry before a brother…a fellow Believer.
The Lord uses a picture of earthly courts to reveal a truth.
If you are angry with a brother…then you are guilty before the court…
If you say ”good-for-nothing”…then you are guilty before the supreme court…a higher court.
If you say “you fool”…then you are guilty enough to be cast into the fiery hell…the highest court.
The Lord is clear.
One can not say that “I love God” and yet hate his brother.
If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
Do not call one “Fool” from the fleshly motivation of an evil heart.