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Old Fashioned Gossip

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Many times our conversations start with, "have you heard," or "did you hear" about brother Joe or sister Kay. That wouldn't be bad except we are about to say something that is just plain gossip. I can truthfully say that this subject affects each one of us.
You might be wondering if I am calling you a gossiper. I am not unless you are one, but we must realize if we gossip about someone, it affects them also. I think it would be wise if we would look at the definition of gossip according to Webster. It simply means: "idle talk or rumor, especially about the affairs of others." I cannot give you the Greek meaning because the word is never mentioned in the Bible.
No doubt there may be some now who are thinking, "You are writing and condemning something that is never mentioned in the Bible." Yes I am, due to the fact that everything that causes it and the acts of it are condemned by the scripture, and it will hinder us in our Christian walk. In Colossians 3:17, it tells us that whatever we do, no matter if it is in word or in deed, we are to do it all in the name of the Lord. We are also taught to be Christ-like, and Paul said follow me as I follow Christ. Can we even imagine Jesus gossiping about one of his disciples? How can we gos­sip in the name of the Lord? My friends we must face the fact when we are gossiping we are not doing it in the name of the Lord nor can we say we are being Christ like. We all know the verses about our tongue over in James 3:5-10 and James puts it so well when he says, "how great a matter a little fire kindleth." We know the wrong words or an evil word can cause problems for years. James also calls it an "unruly evil full of deadly poison," and once again when we talk down about one another and we speak evil about each other and spread rumors on one an­other that might not have any truth in them at all, I believe we must agree those words are like a deadly poison. James lets each of us know that good things and bad things should not be leaving our mouths at the same time.
Then if we would drop down to verses 13-18 of the same chapter, James then lets us know how God sees the difference in a wise man and an unwise man. Notice these words be­ginning in verse 14: "But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devil­ish." Yet the wisdom that is from above is pure, peaceable, gentle, and full of mercy. Verse 18 sums it up well. "And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace." I don't know of anyone who would say gossip makes for peace, but rather it causes strife to take place. There is no way we can fit gossip into that which comes from above. I want us to re­member what the Proverb writer penned in Proverbs 26:20: "Where there is no wood, the fire goes out, and where there is no talebearer, strife ceases." May God help each of us that the next time we hear gossip, that we simply forget about it as well as we forget what we were doing this time last year.
I would like for us to look at some things that are a part of and sometimes the result of gossip. So many times gossip contains falsehoods because we don't always hear everything correctly and then we repeat what we thought we heard and add our two cents worth to it. After it travels through three sets of ears and mouths it is far from being the truth. The Bible is plain about telling lies and we find from Rev. 21:8 that there is a place called hell for those who would lie. Also let me re­mind you that the lie just might be destroying someone's character which is an awful thought.
Then there is that heart that is filled with hate. This sin is mentioned in Galatians 5: 20-21 along with adultery and fornication and I remind you, Paul said it shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Much of the gossip is driven by hate and if not, it plants the seed of hate in other's hearts. Hate can cause us to say and do things that are even against our very nature.
Maybe we need to stop and ask our selves; Why do I gossip about my brother or sister in the church? I be­lieve many problems would not exist today if gossip had not been a part of our lives. It is time that we decide we want each other to go to heaven and then do all we can to help get us there. I firmly believe when we do that, we will not have time to gossip and tear up others' lives and the precious church. Remember the one you gossip about has a wife, children or maybe parents who love them more than you do, and not only does it hurt the one you are gossiping about but those who love the one you are speaking bad about. Just simply remember, where there is no wood the fire will burn out. May God help each of us to be more Christ-like when it come to gossip. -2652 Kirkland Hill Rd, Axtell, TX 76624


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