I read a post on desirnggod.org few weeks ago and it has stayed with me since (I really need to resurrect the recommendation segment of the blog to share articles and songs that have blessed me!) The post was about how we all need to marry our bibles this year. It spoke volumes to me because I ignored my bible a lot in 2017 and I paid dearly for it. Many answers to my issues were in there, but I just was lazy to dig in and let the Word wash me.
So, I now want to be intentional about my quiet time and bible reading because falling off totally starts little by little; till you wake one day and realize that the only word in you was the one you received a whole year ago. God forbid.
The way to become more like Jesus is to behold who He is in the Bible and daily live out His instructions.
To today’s note; one thing I fell back into because I missed my quiet time a lot was gossip.
I became more judgmental of people and it felt like all the things God had dealt with in my life were showing up again.
So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!
1 Corinthians 10:12
Last week was really bad! Holy Spirit kept telling me to be quiet many times but I kept talking and chipping in when people spoke bad about people.
I confessed my sin and repented and He sent resources left, right and centre to help me live above gossip.
It’s sad that we Christians try to make gossip look good; but let’s just call it what it is- SIN. And anything that makes us lukewarm towards sin in our lives should be totally killed.
And if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell…
There are many reasons why gossip is bad; but I will share 2:
- Gossip makes you feel better than the gossipee. This is self-righteousness and even our righteousness is like filthy rags before God; how much more the righteousness we want to use to demean others? Gossip pats you in the back and makes you feel better about your own sin.
- Gossip destroys the gossipee’s image in the eyes of those listening. Let’s be truthful, when you keep hearing bad about someone you’ve never even met, does it not cloud how you see them when you do meet them? Gossip makes you feel like you know someone, when you really may not know them at all! Let’s just stop it.
I used to call gossip what it was with my friends in school and it always made me look over spirikoko; but mahn, when I watched this video (below), I knew I was actually doing the right thing. Don’t be ashamed to call it what it is and ask people to stop when they try to tell you something you really don’t NEED to know.
There’s so much in the bible about words, unwholesome talk and gossip, especially in Proverbs. If you have an issue with this, be truthful about it and take it to God, then dig into the Word and search scriptures that will help you overcome when the temptation shows up.
A verse in the book of John encouraged me this morning and made me admire Jesus the more!
“Sir,” the woman said, “give me that water! Then I will never be thirsty again, nor will I have to come here to draw water.”
“Go and call your husband,” Jesus told her, “and come back.”
“I don’t have a husband,” she answered.
Jesus replied, “You are right when you say you don’t have a husband. You have been married to five men, and the man you live with now is not really your husband. You have told me the truth…
5 men! A whole 5 men! Who does that? And she calls herself a true Samaritan woman…
But see what Jesus did there, see how gentle He was; I am sure it never even occurred to Him to tell someone else what she just shared with Him. He wasn’t even supposed to be speaking to her because she was not Jew, but He did not only talk to her, He shared the gospel with her and her whole town got saved from her testimony.
For God did not send his Son into the world to be its judge, but to be its savior.
If Jesus, our saviour and mentor did not come to judge; then we can’t judge people; even a little bit.
We can’t gossip either. Not that we shouldn’t, it is that we can’t: with friends, with colleagues and even family.
Love and light,
- Video by Joseph Solomon
- The books of Proverbs in the Bible
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