Day 10 – No Gossip
Gossip is something that happens between us and others, but also it has the power to hurt us when we are the victims of it. The key danger in gossip is that it separates close friends. It separates you from those you gossip with, because the conversation proves that you can’t be trusted. It separates you from those who gossip about you because it creates a distrust between you and everyone involved in the conversation. Here’s what I am trying to say, we know both the pain, sorrow, and depth of hurt that comes from being the subject of Gossip. So, one motivation to refrain from gossip is to know that you would never want to impose upon someone else the pain you have felt from it. Matthew 7:12 says, “Therefore, everything you would like men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” This is important in order to keep a door open for healthy relationships and close friendships.
A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separtes close friends. – Proverbs 16:28
Especially for the CHRISTIAN, because Christians can often full victim to entrapment by engaging in gossip through their PRAYER LIFE. Yep, that’s right, we can gossip in our prayer life. NOW DO YOU WANT TO REMOVE IT FROM YOUR CONVERSATION? lol. Let me explain.
When gossip becomes apart of our regular conversation it leaks into our prayer request and we begin to disclose information while praying. We begin in prayer, but then often start sharing intimate details about others, or even in speaking to God. We attempt to “tell on others”, or spill all we know about someone else in an effort to seem more “spiritually effective”. In actuality its the same gossip conversation carrying over into our God talk. God knows the details, and our prayers should be more about what we want to see happen in the future, and less about what someone has already done.
Lastly, the question is asked so HOW DO WE STOP?
One idea stands out. Transform what “love one to another” means. We often show love by giving gifts, sharing time, and grand acts. But there is a form of love that is shown in protecting each other verbally. It takes courage, care, compassion, and discipline to cover someone else sin’s or mistakes. Your can have courageous conversation just by cutting out the gossip. – DSR2