Happy #truthbetoldtuesday!!! This new hashtag has me ALL EXCITED!!!
Each Tuesday (Lord willing) we will blog about truths in Scripture based off of your questions that we receive through email, Instagram, Facebook, and the prayer room.
SOO!! Based off the title you see here, we are going to tackle the issue of gossip!!! YIKES!! Here are a few things for us to ponder, I’m sure none of you have said anything like this, but just in case:
- I am just telling you this because I am worried about…
- It’s not gossip if it’s the truth! (right…)
- It’s not my fault, when I am at the lunch table, I am stuck in the middle of gossip.
- I can’t stop! When I hear something, I always have to tell at least one person!
- Everyone I am around is constantly gossiping, do I walk away from my friends?
Gossip has been a problem for a long time! Paul gives us some spiritual advice on the severity of gossip in Ephesians 4:29-32 when he tells us to let no corrupt word proceed out of our mouths. We are to speak what edifies others and imparts grace to those that are listening. In fact, in verse 30, Paul tells us that it grieves the Holy Spirit of God when we continue in sin. If we are filled with bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, evil speaking, and malice we must realize that it will (does) destroy us (and others) from the inside out.
Now that we know what the Bible says about gossip, how do we stop? The only way to stop is to begin with repentance. We can package gossip to appear like it’s concern but we all know the root is still gossip. Verse 32 tells us to be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving, just as Christ Jesus forgave us.
Tip: You can quietly excuse yourself from the lunch table at work or school when gossip starts. You can even bring up the fact that God is not pleased when we gossip. If you are among a group of friends that have issues with gossip, be the light! The Lord has given you a wonderful place to be a witness.
I have been guilty of gossip and I have also been the one being gossiped about. I have never walked away from either feeling good. Let’s be the light for Christ!
Lord forgive us! Help us to turn from opportunities to gossip and to turn toward kindness and edifying others. Help us to be stronger in 2018 and to be restored to the joy of our salvation! In Jesus Name!