“Words transform. Speak only with a good purpose. Say only things that serve you and others. Choose your words wisely.” – Robert Allen
Gossip, one of the easiest things to do and get in major trouble with. It becomes so common place that we almost don’t even think about it. A new piece of information is gained, and we just have to share it with someone. The “juicier” the info, the stronger the urge to tell someone.
Proverbs 11:13 “A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.”
Our tongue is one of the most powerful tools we have. With it we can accomplish great good or great evil. The Scriptures reveal that a person’s tongue is small, but boast great things. It is like a small kindling that can produce a forest fire, a rudder that can turn a ship, or a bit in a horses mouth that can move the entire beast. Though it is just a small muscle, our tongue is VERY POWERFUL.
Through our speech we can build people up or tear them down. Our words have the ability to share life or contaminate with death. You can use your words to encourage your spouse and bless them or wound and hurt them.
Our speech can be good or bad, but it cannot be both at the same time. You must make a choice on how you are going to use your words. From the same fountain, sweet and bitter waters cannot come… it will either be bitter or sweet! You mouth will be sweet or bitter, but not both.
One of the most destructive uses of our words is gossip. Whether it is true or not, hearsay can destroy someone’s life quickly.
Sometimes the best thing to do with hearsay, gossip, and rumors is to ask yourself a series of questions: 1). Is it true? 2). How will this help the parties involved if I tell others? 3). Am I using a person’s misfortune as a conversation piece or to make myself feel better? 4). How can I pray for this person?
I honestly believe that much of our “prayer request” gossip will cease if we just apply humility and wisdom.
Let your conversation minister grace to the hearer... not corrupt communication (Ephesians 4:29). Use your words today to be a help and blessing to everyone you speak to. Be sweet waters.
Daily Scripture Reading
“There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.”