CONTROLLING THE TONGUE
I saw a quote somewhere that said, “Gossip is the devil’s radio.” Words are very powerful and can cut deep. They have the power to lift a person up and in the same breath tear a person down. Gossip is defined as “unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true”. Proverbs 6:16-19, “There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.”
Have you noticed that gossiping often involves disclosing another person’s alleged faults and failings to someone who did not have prior knowledge, and usually the person sharing the information is viewed as the victim? Whether the information is true, false, partially true or completely false or whether the initial intentions were good, the end result is negative personal information shared about another that puts that person in a negative light. The apostle Paul wrote, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen”, Ephesians 4:29.
An innocent conversation can very quickly turn into gossip if we are not careful, and all of us must be on guard not to perk up at the thought of getting unsolicited information about others. Instead let us exercise the fruits of the Spirits to control what we take in and what we speak, for our words will both condemn and acquit us in the last day; Matthew 12:37. What comes from our mouths reveals what’s in our hearts and every word spoken has eternal consequences.