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Following Jesus in the Real World: Avoiding the gossip trap

"Following Jesus in the Real World: Avoiding the gossip trap" Continued...

If Paul were to write a letter to the modern church he would surely include gossip in his list of rebukes. A follower of Jesus certainly should not spread gossip any further. Gossip is a parasite that requires a host organism to survive. Don't give gossip a place to live.

Solomon wrote this in Proverbs:

Fire goes out without wood, and quarrels disappear when gossip stops (Proverbs 26:20 NLT).

Think of how many times you have believed something to be true only to find out the information was mostly or even totally wrong?

God takes seriously how we communicate about others. Peter said to "Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless---that's your job, to bless. You'll be a blessing and also get a blessing" (1 Peter 3:8-9 The Message). So there is an added bonus for your Godly communication . . . a blessing at no extra charge.

God is not glorified when we spread gossip and idle chatter. The test is very simple. If I am not part of the situation or a part of the solution I should not be talking about it. That applies beautifully to the workplace. James is typically to the point in this brutally honest assessment:

A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell (James 3:6 The Message).

The Biblical truths that we should live by in church apply at work. Let me be honest. I am a work in very slow progress on this one. Hearing something about another person that makes me feel better about myself is still a temptation to spread and sinfully enjoy. But such actions deny the power and grace of the Cross. I am a new creature. That old insecure and needy man is no longer who I am in Christ. I need to tell myself that every day and then several times a day. Living out of that identity will make an impact in the workplace, at home, and at church.

Can't wait to see where this one goes.

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