THE WORDS OF A GOSSIP…GO DOWN TO A MAN’S INMOST PARTS (PROV 18:8)
Gossip destroys reputations and friendships. It keeps others from opening up and getting the help they need.
In Romans 1: 29, the Bible ranks gossip up there among murder.
It may not be your intention but your words can break someone’s heart.
People gossip at salons, work places, neighborhood, even churches. It may not be obvious because people are experts at disguising. Some gossip you and try to make you feel guilty as if you are the one gossiping them.
Example of gossip
- A friend confides in you about a a marriage issue or their child’s drug problem, you find a way to share it under the guise of asking for solution.
- James writes “If anyone does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless (James 1:26)
- Someone recommends you for a job and you go there to speak evil about the person.
- Someone wears what they can afford or eat what they can afford, and you still gossip them.
God comes down hard on Gossips because it tells the world that certain Christians can’t be trusted; that somebody with a problem is safer in a twelve-step group than in church. Some of the worst offenders are Christian leaders seeking to impress their peers by divulging details of somebody else’s struggles.
If you see the gossip signs in you, you need to pray “Let the word of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD (Psalm 19:14).
If you must talk, talk to God.
Culled from The Word For today “Don’t talk about it” pg 18.
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