Responding to gossip (2)

04 October 2019
‘Those who…do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.’

James dedicates an entire chapter of his book to the tongue. He speaks about how the words we use can ignite a whole fire (take a look at James 3:5). It’s important for us to be careful of the words we use, the tone we’re speaking in, and the types of conversations we participate in. We know our words should be encouraging and life-giving, so when we gossip about others we’re not using our words in the way God wants us to be using them. We can’t say we’re following God, and then allow ourselves to be drawn into gossiping. Spreading gossip is not positive, encouraging, or life-giving. It tears people down, regardless of whether it’s true or not. The Bible says: ‘A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends’ (Proverbs 16:28 NLT). Gossip doesn’t just tear the person we’re talking about down, it tears down friendships and relationships. But we’re called to live in unity and peace with each other. Paul encouraged the believers in Corinth to ‘be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you’ (2 Corinthians 13:11 NLT). And the same is true for us. We might not think that gossip is a big problem, but James writes: ‘Those who…do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless’. When we gossip, we’re undermining the faith we have. So how can we avoid gossip? Perhaps we need to distance ourselves from those who want to gossip, walk away or change the subject when someone starts spreading gossip, and pray that God will help us see the importance of speaking encouraging words to others. 

 

What Now?

Try and say something encouraging to five people today. 

Sign up to get your copy delivered

The UCB Word For You

Read More

18th Oct 2019
17th Oct 2019
16th Oct 2019
15th Oct 2019
14th Oct 2019
13th Oct 2019
12th Oct 2019
11th Oct 2019
10th Oct 2019
09th Oct 2019
08th Oct 2019
07th Oct 2019
06th Oct 2019
05th Oct 2019
04th Oct 2019
03rd Oct 2019
02nd Oct 2019
01st Oct 2019
30th Sep 2019
29th Sep 2019
28th Sep 2019
27th Sep 2019
26th Sep 2019
24th Sep 2019

 

 

Articles

Meet: Chloe Wilson
Out of disaster comes the divine: how UCB met Bob Gass
When life hurts

 

Social Media