Gossip is like a spider and a web. When we walk in darkness we don't see the web that is spread out in the back yard. Yet we end up tangled in it.
Gossip is just like that once the spider has grabbed the insect it hard to escape.
Why is it so hard to stop? Proverbs 18:8 says, The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
This past weekend has been tough for me! I was the insect that got trapped in the spider web! Gossip is an area I'm leaving behind. After an incident this past Sunday I really had to analyze myself. I felt guilty for opening my mouth. I felt the need to protect my brother from what was being said. I didn't see it as gossip but by me listening to what ever was being said is another form of gossip. I'm okay with moving on with people who hold me back away from my purpose: I want to live like Jesus and follow him!
The bible says : Proverbs 17:4
A wicked man listens to evil lips; a liar pays attention to a malicious tongue. Ouch!!
By me not only opening my mouth I ended up hurting someone I love. I should have know better than to believe what was coming out of that person's mouth was gossip the way a coward communicates!
The bible says: Proverbs 13:3 Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.
I spoke rashly an now I'm paying the consequences! Is it fair? No it not fair. I ask my Lord to help me learn to pray and forgive Lord, for those who slander me.I pray for all who speak lies and hurt people and so that I can learn to ask for your guides before I open my mouth or take action. I pray to keep my focus in you Lord and to remember that gossip is looking for feedback. I pray so that what ever comes out of my mouth are words to glorify You.
All this left me hurt all I can do is pray for wisdom and become better than yesterday.
Love Your Enemies- The bible says: Matthew 5: 43-48
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children
of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the
good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.