TOPIC: STOP GOSSIPING
“The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.” Proverbs 18:8.
In our text today, a ‘talebearer’ is someone who gossips. When we gossip it is like we are throwing dirt on others, hoping to bring them down to our level. This is why Solomon warned: “The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. Our ears crave gossip like a stomach craves food. Solomon goes on to give this warning: “He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his
lips (Proverbs 20:19).
We should be avoiding those who gossip, and avoiding gossiping ourselves. Gossip
has the power to destroy relationships with others, it breaks down trust and removes loyalty. People seem to enjoy bringing other people down, often to make
themselves feel better. When we feel insecure about ourselves we can be tempted to talk about others to make ourselves seem better than them.
Rather than gossiping, we should be building other people up and not bringing them down. The Bible says: “Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). When we feel unloved, we should turn to God’s Word to remind ourselves that we are loved and accepted, rather than trying other ways, like gossiping, to win people’s approval. Gossiping and bringing others down often comes easily to us. Let us ask for God’s help to tame our tongues and remove gossiping from our lives.
🖋️ Make sure you only speak words that build other people up today and
Proverbs 20:19; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; James 4:8.
- Father, I thank You for Your grace that is at work in me.
- Lord let your Spirit direct me on how to use my tongue in the name of Jesus.
- I declare that I am delivered from the spirit of gossiping in the name of
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR
Genesis 30, Job 40-41, Matthew 16:13-17.13