I'd like try to say that I hate gossip. Because I DO.
Deep down, we listen. Taking it in. Wondering, Is it TRUE?
Proverbs 26:20-22 Without wood, a fire goes out; without gossip, quarreling stops. Charcoal keeps the embers glowing, wood keeps the fire burning, and troublemakers keep arguments alive. Gossip is so tasty! How we love to swallow it!
Proverbs 16:27-28 Evil people look for ways to harm others; even their words burn with evil. Gossip is spread by wicked people; they stir up trouble and break up friendships.
As tasty as Gossip can be, we have to remember not to spread the word! Because as verse 28 says above: Gossip is spread by wicked people. Are you a wicked person? DO you want our Lord and Savior to call you a wicked person? Are you trying to harm others with your words, because if you spread any evil words, TRUE or NOT, you are gossiping, and you are spreading evil.
Pro 4:20-24 My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen to my words. Never let them get away from you. Remember them and keep them in your heart. They will give life and health to anyone who understands them. Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts. Never say anything that isn't true. Have nothing to do with lies and misleading words.
Our lives are shaped by our thoughts... Do you want your life based on the temporary or the ETERNAL?
Proverbs 16:20-21 Whoever gives attention to the LORD'S word prospers, and blessed is the person who trusts the LORD. The person who is truly wise is called understanding, and speaking sweetly helps others learn.
Listen only to God's Word, drinking IT in like honey. It will not make you sick, it will prosper your life and bring blessing to you. Wise words will promote health (Prov. 12:18), and make the people around you glad (Prov. 12:25)!
Remember the words that are coming from your mouth today...