God’s Word: Acts 23:11-35
God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)
Lives are destroyed because of gossip. Can there be such a thing as good gossip? In this passage you will learn the meaning of good gossip and how and when to pass it on. The key three words are “need to know.” Let it be the rule of your life to only pass on private information if the party you are sharing with needs to know. In this instance good gossip saved Paul’s life when his nephew shared with the authorities that 40 men were plotting to kill Paul.
Gossip is addicting! Many lives revolve around passing on the latest gossip. Seldom does anyone check out the story. Gossipers can’t wait to speak of the faults and failings of others, or reveal potentially embarrassing or shameful details regarding the lives of others, especially those held in esteem. Jealousy causes them to want to elevate self by degrading another. It seems there are two types of people, those busy doing good and those who fill their time by finding fault with those who are doing good. Which are you?
In Proverbs 6: 16-19 there is a list of seven actions I hate. Read them for yourself and see if they are not things you would also hate. “Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies, and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.” On one hand you and I agree that we hate these things but on the other hand are you drawn into any of these by way of gossip? The antidote to gossip is prayer. Instead of passing on gossip, pray for the one being gossiped about and refuse to pass it on. Stick to the “need to know” qualifier and let all other information stop with you.
God’s Question: Can I count on you to stop malicious gossip?
God’s Promise: You will reap what you sow!
My Prayer to God:
I Praise You for Your Word which guides me to happiness.
I am Sorry I am so easily drawn into gossip.
Thank You for Your forgiveness and second chances.
Please Help Me erase malicious gossip from my life.