THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
One nice thing about egotists:
they don't usually talk about other people.
Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people:
neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour:
I am the LORD.
Some tongues need a bridle rather than a spur.
Gossip is one of those things that sneaks up on ya!
Somebody says, "Did you hear about ole _____?"
And the next thing you know they are telling something they heard from someone who heard.
One time, in a little demonstration with a youth group, I got all the young people to sit down in a circle.
I whispered a story to the first person, and asked him to pass it on.
By the time the story got around the circle of about 18 people, it was totally distorted.
If a story about someone is circulated, the context of the story is distorted, and usually the content is also distorted.
Gossip is character assassination of a fellow human being.
That's why God said we should not "stand against the blood of thy neighbor..."
Gossip has been known to cause tremendous strife!!
God says we can stop the strife by stopping the gossip.
If you can, say, "Wait! I don't want to hear that."
And, if you must hear it, keep it; never repeat it.
A man is wise when he uses his tongue discretely, and privately in kindness draws attention to his neighbor's error.
This leaves room for him to become a friend.
Let us remember to THINK before we speak, and then speak so that our conversation exhibits Christ in us.