In exercising your spiritual discernment, remember: the word “devil” means “slanderer.” To slander is to do more than to accuse or speak evil of one to another. Literally, the word devil means “one who puts himself or something between two in order to divide them.” Satan’s goal is not just to speak evil but divide us. He seeks to divide spouse from spouse, children from parents, race from race, and church from church, and he will use unresolved issues from the past. The antidote is to restore and then magnify Christ’s love; love covers a multitude of sins.
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7