A Life Stirred

Gossip is Destructive.

on October 9, 2014

Alright, so gossip is bad.  That’s not exactly news breaking.

And yet…we still do it.  If you don’t live in a box, then you have probably found yourself participating in gossip, either actively or passively.

Why?  Why do we allow it?

Romans 7:15 says, “For I do not understand my own actions.  For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.”

This isn’t just true about gossip.  It’s true about any sin.  Thankfully, Romans 7 goes on to say that God through Jesus Christ can deliver us from that vicious cycle!!  So freedom is possible.

I think the problem is a lack of seriousness.  A lack of seriousness about the sin of gossip.

It is easy to justify gossip.  (Really, it’s fairly easy to justify any sin that you don’t want to deal with.)

“I was just venting.”

“I was sharing something I just heard.”

“This person needs to understand the whole situation.”

“It’s not going to hurt anyone.”

“It’s no big deal.”

“Well, this person won’t tell anyone else, so it’s not really gossip.”

And on and on and on…

NO MORE EXCUSES!!  It’s time for me to be serious about gossip!  (And it is my prayer that God brings some of y’all along on this journey as well.)  I need to be serious about it because it is serious.  It has very real effects.

Gossip is a dagger into the body of Christ.

Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.

–2 Corinthians 12:27

All Christians are part of the body of Christ.  We belong to one another.  So as Christians, if our words are used to cut and destroy and wound, then aren’t we harming our own body?!  Isn’t gossip against another Christian just a dagger in the body of Christ?  It damages the whole body, not just the one part.

Gossip destroys our testimony to nonbelievers.

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

–John 13:35

If we (as Christians) participate in gossip—especially gossip against one another—we will not be a good example of Christ’s love to nonbelievers.  If we aren’t any different than the world, how can we expect non-Christians to want what we have?

Gossip leads to a hypocritical Christian life.

With [the tongue] we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.  From the same mouth come blessing and cursing.  My brothers, these things ought not to be so.

–James 3:9-10

It is hypocritical of us to bless God and curse people.  It is a failure to recognize that each and every person is created in God’s image.  We must allow the Lord to transform us, and let Him tame our tongues.

Gossip destroys relationships.

A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.

–Proverbs 16:28

Gossip destroys relationships.  It destroys our relationships with one another.  And it destroys our relationship with God.  It is destructive.  Period.

 What about you?  Have you made excuses for your gossip?  Have you seen the destructive nature of gossip?

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