“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
Long time no hear! Wow. There has been a lot that has gone into me not writing anything to post on the site. This includes events, a new season in my productive life and technical difficulties. All in all, I am in much joy to finally be able to complete this post, which I started to prepare a month ago! Praise God!!! Amen.
Whoever guards his mouth and tongue
Keeps his soul from troubles.
So, I would like to talk about keeping secrets. With this age of social media, everyone wants to share everything. Of course, what they share are not exactly whole stories, but instead the good sides of stories, for everyone wants to get likes and shares. Yet, even though these are not whole stories, at times they are just TMIs. Too much information. Even beyond social media, going into good old traditional social exchanges, people tend to share too much of their personal lives.
Why? Well, there are a lot of reasons. One reason is ignorance. Some people do not know better. A second reason is trickery. Some people know how to get information out of others. A third reason is pride. People just like to boast.
To address the first reason that I mentioned, it is not good to talk too much. To address the second reason, it is not good to talk too much. To address the third reason, it is not good to talk too much!
This act of sharing too much information for whatever reason is a human tendency. We can trace it all the way back to Genesis. Yes, Genesis. There, we find Joseph. Now, God revealed to Joseph that He would make Joseph head over his brothers. God revealed this in two dreams.
The first dream was a dream in which Joseph was standing in a wheat field with his brothers. Then, each brother's bundle of wheat fell before his. The second dream was a dream in which the sun, the moon and eleven stars prostrated before Joseph. The sun symbolized Jacob, who was also known as Israel, and the moon symbolized Leah, for Joseph's mother Rachel was already dead. The eleven stars symbolized Joseph's eleven brothers.
Joseph's brothers were already quite jealous of Joseph. When Joseph shared those two dreams with them, his brothers became even more jealous and angry. So, therefore, they planned to kill Joseph, and in the end, sold Joseph into slavery (Genesis 37).
From this story, we can see that it is not everyone we should share our personal life events with, especially our dreams and successes, because they will then seek to destroy us to keep us from accomplishing those dreams or continuing in those successes.
Next story. In 1 Kings 13, there is this foolish young prophet and this destructive old prophet. God sent the young prophet on a mission and told the young prophet that he should not eat, drink, nor return the same way that he went. After the young prophet fulfilled his mission, King Jeroboam invited him to his home to refresh himself. The prophet responded no and then recounted what God had ordered him not to do.
People, including the sons of the old prophet, heard this. The sons went home to their father and told their father what the young prophet had said. In response, the old prophet went and entreated the young prophet to disobey God. Consequently, God punished the young prophet for his disobedience by causing a lion to kill the young prophet. What is worse is that the same old prophet who led the young prophet to sin was the same to declare God's judgment and condemnation against the young prophet.
That is sad. Just sad.
The moral of the stories is that when it comes to something very important, ask God whether you should share it or not. If He says yes, ask Him when should you share it and with whom.
Furthermore, we see that in Luke 1:24, after Elizabeth became pregnant with John the Baptist, she kept her pregnancy a secret for five months. She said that God had given her grace, taking away her shame amongst men. God blessed her and she wanted to guard her blessing. Amen.
Lastly, in Psalm 23:5, it is God who sets up the table in front of our adversaries.
Therefore, when God blesses, guard your blessings and allow Him to glorify you at the right time.
In the end though, God is here to show the same mercy that He had shown towards Joseph. While the young prophet was foolish and then disobedient, Joseph simply did not know better. Therefore, though Joseph faced the jealousy and anger of his brothers, God used it all to fulfill His promises to Joseph. So, for those of us who simply did not know better, we shall receive the same mercy.
For, He is a Good, Good, Father.
Thank You, Lord, Jesus. 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