Now that we are done with “Play Nice,” we are moving on to another area in which we often don’t do very well at living out the Christian ideal. Most of this is not brand new, but some minor reworking of previously published articles. Enjoy!
What God has to say about Gossip
Gossip, backbiting, little white lies, tattling, gossip by prayer; whatever we call it there is little doubt that gossip in one of the most destructive things that can happen among a local body of believers.
Rather than jump right into my own words, we are going to do as we did at the beginning of the series on kindness; I will simply share some thought from God through His Word for readers to think on as we begin this part of our series.
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Proverbs 20:19 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with a simple babbler.
Psalm 34:13 Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.
Proverbs 11:13 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.
Psalm 141:3 Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!
Titus 3:2 to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.
James 4:11 Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.
There are many, many more but my dear readers you need homework! What have I not included? Chime in the comments and let me know. Also, feel free to share your thoughts and experiences in your lives and churches. Your comment could be the next post! Also, I think as we progress, we will talk not just about the dangers of gossip, but other things related to the tongue such as flattery and simple meanness. I really don’t know yet, as I tend to just follow where the spirit leads in these series.
Until next time!