Rumor Has It

Dry erase boards are so useful. Anything that allows someone to write with a dry erase marker and visually brainstorm helps visual learners “see it”. What’s so cool about having a dry erase “board” of any kind? It’s easy to write on, easy to brainstorm with, and if you make a mistake you can just erase and start over. 

I think we treat our words like a “dry erase board”. We expect we can say whatever we want and if we make a mistake, say something hurtful, inappropriate, or ungodly we can just take a cloth or eraser and just wipe away our ill used words. The sad truth is our words don’t work that way. Words last and can’t be erased. 

Regardless if it’s true or untrue gossip is one of the most damaging things present in the church. 

Gossip destroys lives.

When we gossip about others, regardless if it is true or not, it ruins a person’s reputation. Why do we take part in gossip if it destroys a person’s reputation? It might be to make ourselves look better or feel better for “not being like so-and-so”. However, we know that we all sin and are imperfect. We should never take part in the spreading of hate about someone.

Gossip does not encourage or build up.

Ephesians 4:29 tells us to “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear”. We need to spend less time tearing down and more time building up. Our words should encourage others to continue doing good or improve in a weak area of life. But we must speak the truth in love as Paul tells us in Ephesians 4:15.

Listening to gossip is immoral.

Solomon writes in Proverbs 17:4 that “An evildoer listens to wicked lips…”. We lie to ourselves when we say listening to gossip is different. If there were no ears to listen to gossip no one would want to gossip in fear of never being heard. Solomon reminds us that just listening to wicked lips, which would include gossip, is evil. We have no business participating in such acts.

Gossip is a hinderance to growth—spiritual and numerical. Let us focus on building up rather than tearing down.

 

In Him,

Jonathan Germany


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