Today is Canada’s Thanksgiving, a celebration for the bountiful harvest that God gives to us.
As a Canadian I should be writing about thanksgiving and how thankful we should be. I am truly thankful for having the privilege of writing this devotion, for the CAST team and support we give each other and that God puts upon my heart what he wants me to share with you.
On that note, gossip has been on my heart.
A friend told me she did not go to bible studies as she found it to be place for gossip. At bible studies that I have attended the discussion goes well, each sharing from their heart about themselves, then comes time for the prayer requests. During this time I have witnessed people giving intimate details about a loved one that I did not need to know. I have also experienced this on a phone prayer chain. I would pass on what I had been told only to have the response, ‘give me more details so I can pray’. My response was: God knows the details you don’t need to know them, just pray.
I have learned over the years to only share the basic. Such as, ‘pray for so and so. They are going through a hard time, they need prayer’, etc. When I ask for a prayer request I try to think ‘how would I like it if someone gave details of my situation in group setting?’, not very well.
I looked up gossip in my concordance and couldn’t find it. Instead I found ‘babble’ the King James version. Another version called it idle chatter. Change gossip to these words and it takes on a deeper meaning.
What exactly in gossip?
The first description my dictionary says is “idle talk or rumor, especially about the personal or private affairs of others”.
In 1 Timothy 6: 20 Paul exhorts Timothy to avoid wordly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called knowledge. (NISB)
2 Timothy 2:16 But avoid wordly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness. (NISB)
Speaking about people who turn their back on God Paul says in Romans 1:29:30 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil: full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice: they are gossip, slanders, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents. (NISB)
Psalms 112 A blessed man or blessed women, who fear God ………
Is unfazed by rumor and gossip. (The Message)
These are all ‘Ouch” statements. Gossipers are lumped in with murderers. Humans water down sin, but God doesn’t. A sin is a sin is a sin.
So “Be careful little tongue what you say. For the Father up above is looking down in love, so be careful little tongue what you say”
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