“You shall not circulate a false report. Do not put your hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.
If anyone [a]among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.
Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.
And a whole lot more other verses: https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/bible-verses-about-gossip/
God bless you!
Ok, clearly, Jesus does not like it when we spread tales or lies about others. Even if what we have to share with others is true, if we were to betray a person's trust, Christ would still consider us to be gossipers (Proverbs 11:13).
Yet, the focus of this post in not on spreading gossip but instead on being a receiving ear to it. There are many instances in which we talk about how bad it is to gossip and so we work to not gossip but when a gossiper has same juicy news to share, we get excited.
We listen in and ask questions to make sure to get all of the details. We gasp because we are just so SHOCKED. Yet, we saw it coming. - How paradoxical. - We say the "Oh, no, they didn't!" and the "Girl!" and the "What?!" We talk about how that girl was always too much or how that boy was always just weird. Then, some of us try to get religious by "thanking" Jesus that it is not us who fell into that hole. Wow. And when it is all over, we just cannot wait for the next juicy neighborhood gossip to hit our ears.
Well, here is the question: Is there anything good and glorious in taking pleasure and finding entertainment in the plight of others? Why should we rejoice in another's fall?
In 1 Corinthians 13: 6, the Word of God says that love does not rejoice in evil but instead in the truth. If we seek to love others as we love ourselves as Christ commands us, we certainly should not be happy about the bad happening in other people's lives.
Furthermore, though they might have been responsible for their own dilemmas, it does not help them nor us to take joy in their sorrow.
It hurts them even more to know that people are tearing them down when they are already in the bottom of a deep hole. I mean... they cannot even go further down then where they already are. So, we are just really crushing them into the ground.
It hurts us because it turns us into hypocrites, and we disappoint the Christ whom we claim to represent. It does not build our characters in His' but instead destroys it. And it fills up our hearts with malice as we also become coldhearted.
So, the next time a person or people come to us with the next juicy gossip, we will choose to change the subject or walk away and go on to pray for the person that they are talking about.
For, James 5:16 says that the prayers of a righteous person are effective and powerful. Wow. So our prayers could actually really help that person....
Let us bring up instead of pulling down. Amen. Amen. Amen.
Much love and blessings,
Emery in Christ
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
Jésus répondit: Il est écrit: L'homme ne vivra pas de pain seulement, mais de toute parole qui sort de la bouche de Dieu