How The Gossip Flows

Why is it that the bad things in our life often feel so good?

Psalm 101:1-8

Reference: v.5 Whoever slanders their neighbour in secret,
I will put to silence;
whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart,
I will not endure. (TNIV Bible)

Explore: I have been really challenged about gossip at the moment. When I hear the word ‘gossip’ it sounds nasty and mean and despicable. However, when I actually hear someone gossiping, it often sounds interesting, enticing and intriguing.

Why is it that the bad things in our life often feel so good?

It’s been truly eye opening to discover how much gossip happens in and around my life without me having really noticed it.  I know that when I hear friends of mine speaking about others behind their backs I should put a stop to it. The challenge is, however, that I know that I am no better than them and they would not have to wait long before they could rightfully call me a hypocrite.

While it is not easy, I have set myself a goal to not dwell in gossip so that I don’t get involved in such conversation. My hope is that one day I’ll even be able to pull someone else up on their gossiping and it will not seem contrary to my character.

Application: Words are so powerful, and yet, so quickly and easily spoken.  We know that slander and gossip are wrong and yet it just flows from our lips so fluently.

When we curb our idle chatter it impacts our whole lives. It clears our mind and our heart to focus on things of greater importance.

Prayer: Lord, forgive me when I speak of others. I know it just highlights my desire to be seen in a better light than someone else. May I view all of your children as equal, Lord, and be quicker to build someone up rather than talk them down. Amen.

How much gossip surrounds your day?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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