Sticks and Stones – The Truth About Gossip

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” We’ve all said it. But the truth is, words do hurt. Thats why scripture gives us a plethora of verses about our words and the power thats in them.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. – Proverbs 18:21

He who guards his mouth and his tongue, Guards his soul from troubles. -Proverbs 21:23

A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret. -Proverbs 11:13

Human nature makes us naturally inclined to curiosity. We like to know what is going on. So when does curiosity and wanting to know about something or someone cross the line of becoming sinful? American culture thrives on gossip. We All want to know what people are doing, who they hate, who they are sleeping with, etc. The list can go on and on and on.

It’s easy to condemn sins you’ve never committed. But we somehow manage to justify the sin we partake in. In my opinion, gossip, is probably one of the most commonly accepted sins within the body of Christ. Why? Because we have ALL done it at least once.

Sometimes, we justify this sin by saying, “I didn’t lie, I told people the truth.”

Websters dictionary defines gossip as “Rumor or talk of a personal, sensational, or intimate nature. A person who habitually spreads intimate or private rumors or facts.”  Let that sink in Rumors or FACTS. It becomes a sin when you speak something that damages someones reputation to those who DO NOT need to know.

Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that  your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. – Ephesians 4:29 (NLT)

So, its doesn’t matter if its true or false, if someone doesn’t need to know and you tell them anyway, you gossiped. *Ouch* I’ve been there, multiple times.

Thankfully Jesus is always quick to forgive and slow to anger. He has been patient with me and He will be patient with you.

So next time you speak T.H.I.N.K. first.

T–Is it true?
H–Is it helpful?
I–Is it inspiring?
N–Is it necessary?
K–Is it kind?

If the answer is no for any of these questions, don’t speak. It’s not worth it.

But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. -Matthew 12:36

On judgement day I want there to be far more encouraging words that fell from my mouth than words that brought death. Follow the golden rule, treat others the way you want to be treated and T.H.I.N.K. before you speak.

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