(Re-run of one of my first posts.)
Gossip is malicious talk Gossip doesn’t offer solutions. Gossip destroys lives. I am a reformed gossip. I was the person in the know. My friends and I were purveyors of sensational and intimate details of the lives of others. We were able to pick at the mote in the eye of others, ignoring the beams in our own. What reformed me? The scriptures: Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thought and intentions of the heart; Proverbs 11:13 and 28:20 A gossip betrays a confidence; without a gossip a quarrel dies down; and of course, James 3 is devoted to taming of the tongue.
I set about to tame my tongue and my lust for gossip. As I reformed, I desired to become the reformer. The clash that occurred still reverberates in my life today. Dear friend, I am not guiltless in the fallout that resulted. I entered into my reformation with zeal, but without compassion. It would have been so much easier had I let my repentance shine forth in my actions rather than attack with my speech.
The lesson I learned is one of restraint. I try to think about what and how I share lessons that God has brought to my attention. Impulsive behavior needs a bridle to tame it. Think before you act; look before you leap; check yourself before you wreck yourself. I am the self-proclaimed queen of platitudes. It works for me. I find I don’t lose friends when I practice these sayings.
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