In a Word…
Lead your life so you won’t be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip. ~Will Rogers~
If what you are about to say does not bear repeating, then don’t say it! Your own words are very powerful…choose them carefully. Even your own mind hears the words that you speak, and will consciously and subconsciously go to work to bring it about. Decide today to only speak forth that which is edifying, both to you and to others.
Thought for the day
One of the most insidious and difficult to recognize character defects is our propensity to gossip. Many times we don’t even recognize we do it because we’ve never been concerned with it, and we have been doing it so long.
Make no mistake about it; gossip is as dangerous and hurtful as dishonesty.
We rationalize that it is OK because it may be true. For example, if we talk about Peter who is a loser because he is a habitual slipper and does not seem serious about his recovery…well what harm is that? After all his actions confirm our opinions…right? How about self righteous Bob with his holier than thou attitude, always talking about spiritual principles? Isn’t he just a step Nazi in disguise? Well, isn’t he just full of himself with his preaching? Why he is not open minded at all, so how could he be so holy?
The truth is when it comes to passing judgment on others; we are called to judge actions…not people! That is God’s job, not ours. And, when it comes to gossip, know it is character assassination designed to make us feel superior.
The next time you are moved to initiate or participate in gossip, remember that it is not a victimless assault…move away from it and Speak only Positives!
A man’s [moral] self shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; and with the consequence of his words he must be satisfied [whether good or evil]. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life]. ~Proverbs 18:20,21 (Amp)~
There are those who speak rashly, like the piercing of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Truthful lips shall be established forever, but a lying tongue is [credited] but for a moment. ~Proverbs 12:18,19 (Amp)~
…For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.
~Jesus / Matthew 12:34-37 (NKJV)~