Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Words lead to trouble

"In my distress I cried to the Lord, and He heard me. Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips and a deceitful tongue." Psalm 120:1-2

Do you need help with what comes out of your mouth?

Do you talk too much?

Do you talk about others?

Do you say things that you shouldn't say?

Do you speak negatively?

Did you know that when you speak in a negative way, or you complain, or even when you are sounding harsh that is considered a sin?

In God's eyes sin is sin, and wrong is wrong.

All of which is displeasing and distasteful to God.

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it." Proverbs 18:21 Amplified Bible

Ok, so lets just get real.

If you are a Christian, there is a guide book we have to live by - it is called the Bible.

Have you ever thought how powerful your words are?

Just think how one word can make an impact on so many people in life.

"Set a guard before my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips." Psalm 141:3

Have you been a victim of gossip?

Have you gossiped about someone?

If you have never been a victim of gossip, then God has been gracious to you.

For those who have - I am sorry.

Words can hurt.

Gossip is idle talk or rumor about the personal or private affairs of others.

Gossip is one of the oldest and most common forms of sharing.

Gossip is powerful and painful to it's victim.

The stories that are spread by gossipping can be just a painful as a physical blow, and sometimes the damage lasts much longer.

Gossip is languages most powerful form of destruction.

Gossip is the beast of prey that does not wait for the death of the creature is devours.

Gossip starts out as a small rumor, that can get bigger and bigger until it becomes something different from the truth.

Rumors often start when people simply get information wrong.

Sometimes we talk about people because we care or are concerned about them.

Sometimes we just want to share a good story.

Whenever you share private or even negative things behind some one's back - that my friend, is gossip!

It doesn't matter whether the information's is true or false.

It doesn't matter whether or not you start the rumor: or if you just kept it going, you are a part of it - you are a gossiper.

If it doesn't stop with you then you are gossipping.

"That you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your your own hands, as we commanded you." 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Gossip, slander backbiting, and tale bearing have a root just like a tree or flower or weed.

The root of these things is judgement and judgement is pride!

When we speak or talk evil of someone else it is generally that we think we are better than the person of whom we are talking about.

"Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things." Romans 2:1

Slander is a rumor that is spread in order to cause trouble and disgrace someone.

Most people often use slander as a means of revenge.

Do you gossip?

Do you gossip too..
Feel better about yourself
Get attention
Feel like a part of the in crowd/group
For excitement
Make yourself feel superior?

We all at one time or another have been the subject of gossip.

People have said things that you probably were not aware of.

When someone starts a rumor about you with the intention of causing harm, they are using gossip to bully you.

Our fallen nature naturally gravitates toward the wrong side of things.

It wants to find fault with others and magnify problems.

It is wisdom to be able to know when to speak out and when not too.

"It's true that moral guidance and counsel need to be given, but by the way you say it and to whom you say it are as important as to what you say." 1 Timothy 1:8 Message Bible

You and I need to make sure that both truth and kindness are in our mouth, and that we speak the truth with our lips.

Don't believe everything you hear.

Matter of fact, if someone has told you something about someone else, confront that person in which something was said about and ask them for yourself.

Don't just take the word of someone else, they might just be trying to start a rumor with you.

As a Christian we are not to spread rumors.

We are to be supportive of the one in whom is being talked about.

We are to pray for them, and with them.

It can be very hard, difficult to ignore the gossip spread about you.

It is even harder to pretend that it doesn't hurt your feelings.

Stand alongside that one that is hurt, be their friend, not part of the problem.

"He who keeps instruction is in the way of life, but he who refuses correction goes astray. Whoever hides hatred has lying lips, and whoever spreads slander is a fool.
In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.
The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; the heart of the wicked is worth little.
The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of wisdom." Proverbs 10:17-21

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