I know it’s easy to become entangled in the gossip game. It is human nature to engage in stories and accentuate the troubles and weaknesses of other people. Everyone loves to talk and be the focus of the narrative. However, I want you to understand when you speak negatively by putting others down; it is to make you feel better about yourself and to be in control of the dialogue.
When you talk about others, it helps you hide and deny the inadequacies you have in your life. Do your best to let me guard the words of your mouth. (Listen for My Voice)
It is natural to talk and tell your side of the story when people hurt your feelings and attack your character. Gossip is an attractive way of putting people down and getting even so others will think negative thoughts about them. When they are not in your presence, you can paint any picture you wish others to believe about them.
As you wouldn’t do physical harm to anyone, do your best not to cause emotional damage to them either. Instead of hurting loved ones and family because of your pain, I encourage you to control your tongue and guard the words you speak. When you safeguard your words, you are protecting your heart from talking evil about others. Understand those who gossip about a friend to you will also tell enticing stories about you to their acquaintances.
Don’t listen to gossip about someone who is not present in the conversation. I encourage you not to participate and destroy the character of another person by the words you speak or by giving silent consent to the damning words spoken about them in their life. If you cannot provide a good report about them, change the discussion and move on to another subject altogether. Do your best not to let any words define you or anyone else in a negative way. Let me guard the words of your mouth and bless your life.
But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. Mathew 15:8 NIV
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21 NIV
Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips. Psalm 141:3 NIV
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