Psalm 16:27-28 (MSG)
27Mean people spread mean gossip; their words smart and burn.
28 Troublemakers start fights; gossips break up friendships.
Psalm 16:27-28 (NIV)
27A scoundrel plots evil, and on their lips it is like a scorching fire.
28 A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.
Do you talk about others or gossip about others? When you are in a crowd and people are talking about someone else do you join in or become quiet? If you hear something about someone else, do you tell someone else? Is it Just Talk or Gossip?
I am currently participating in an Online Bible Study with Proverbs 31, KEEP.IT.SHUT a book by Karen Ehman. I knew the bible spoke about gossip some but not as much as I am learning from this study. I went on Bible Gateway and searched gossip. There were 8 references to gossip in the NIV and 51 in the MSG. I think maybe we should read and learn about this a little further.
The above verses stood out to me because of their harsh and strong verbs.
I do not think I want to be associated with any of these words, but I know I have in the past. The book is teaching me how to change the way I talk to others. The first and most important thing is to pray and spend time in God’s word. Most, no all, our problems could be different if we prayed about it and searched the bible for answers. Even though the bible was wrote thousands of years ago, it is so relevant now. The year has changed and the people but the problems we face have not changed since the Garden of Eden.
We all sin. We all need God. We all need to ask for forgiveness. We all were saved by Jesus dying on the cross.
I know I may not be perfect, but I am so glad to know that Jesus saved me if I will accept Him. I’m trying to be more persistent in reading and studying the bible. I am trying to pray when I find myself having a time with my words or feelings.
The second thing I can do is think about others and love others as I love myself. Would I want someone saying this about me? Does this show love? Am I just trying to start a fire? The world could be such a better place if we thought before we spoke and made sure the words were uplifting and loving not mean and burning.
The last thing I can do is walk away or say nothing at all. When people are talking about someone, do I have to comment? Do I have to stand there? No, I can walk away or just say nothing at all. If they ask me for a comment, I can nicely say, “I have nothing to say on this.” My mom always told me if I didn’t have nothing to say nice not to say nothing at all. Well I always thought that was a “Mom Rule”, but you know it’s not. It’s a “God Rule.”
So, will you pray and study His word more?
Will you think before you speak or text?
Will you walk away or say nothing at all?
Just remember, if they are talking about someone else while you are standing there, they probably talk about you when you are not standing there.