2002-03-16 - Gossip
Gossip is ugly. There is no nice way around it. People get hurt, friendships are destroyed and often the wounded are left bleeding. I recently had an experience that left me hurt and angry. Someone said something about myself and one of our children that was not true and then proceeded to "share" that information with others. I struggled with my feelings. One thing I have been very "good" at in the past is to verbally -- either through "dissection" or sarcasm -- "whip someone right into their place." It is something I have had to seek forgiveness for and ask the Lord to heal me of. The temptation was to "set this person straight," to hurt them like they had hurt me. Instead, God reminded me of the potential damage I could do, and how Satan would then have a foothold in my life. I had choices to make. He reminded me of how a few months ago, I spent alot of time reading the book of James.
James (1:13-15) Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God. For God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man. But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin. And sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
"And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace."
That is what I want to do, sow peace. As I thought about how hurt I was, God continued to show me how important it is to watch what words proceed out of my own mouth. He has continued, through His Spirit, to "check" me when I speak, making me more aware of His mercy and grace in my own life.
Often I tell our kids that what they put into their minds is what will come out. It is my prayer that we would all be filled with the Holy Spirit and be made clean by the washing of the Word, so that out of our mouths would proceed "words of life".
In His Service,