We have all heard it. “Did you hear…” or “Do you know what I heard…” Gossip is all around us. The media is fixated on gossip. There are whole groups of people who make a living finding and spreading gossip. You can’t escape it. Unfortunately, it is even in the church. It maybe masked in piety and curiosity, but it’s there. “Did you hear about John and Jane Does’ marriage?” “Can you believe what I heard the pastor said?” “I only share this so you can pray.” We are all guilty of it. We buy into the lie that gossip is harmless and we need to know what is going on. God says gossip stirs up dissension and separates friends.
|“Troublemakers start fight, gossip breaks up friendships.” – Proverbs 16:28 (MSG)|
James reminds us that, “it only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire. A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By your speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell.” You can’t see the news today without seeing a story about a forest fire. Fire destroys as it’s fanned. Don’t be the fan for the flame. Don’t allow your words to set ablaze a raging inferno. Stop gossip! Be a volunteer fireman for God. Don’t allow fires to spread. Before you share “news” examine your motives. Are they Godly? Would you be comfortable saying the same thing if that person was there or were to find out you said it. Does it build the kingdom of God or does it bring dissension? Let us strive to lift up each other. Be an agent of encouragement not gossip.