The Bible defines “gossip” as IDLE talking. Psychology too deems it a form of passive aggression. It is a weak man’s poison.
A tool used to isolate and harm others. An unwholesomeness that infects the speaker and hearers.
Romans 14:10; 12-13, “But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ… So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.”
Most are familiar with The Parable of the Good Samaritan –
Here we see a man who fell into trouble, was robbed and wounded then left to die naked in the sight of all passersby.
Curious to whom Jesus gave this paragon of mercy to – a lawyer. Lawyers by nature
and training, those who live by “THE Book” yet fail to exemplify the character inherent. Always looking for a loophole…a line of defense…a justification.
Notably we witness that the religious man (priest) although seeing the victim, for whatever reason, doesn’t wish to sully his garment, hands or reputation and passed over to the other side. Likewise a very devout man (Levite) comes along and in looking on him (weighing all the options?), he too decides it’s not worth the bother and passes to the other side.
But God in His great mercy sends compassion and help in the form of one who is looked down upon by His people (Samaritan). This outsider had such compassion on the
weak man that he took not only the time but gave of his best to not cleanse and dress the man’s wounds but to begin the process of restoration and carried him to the place of peace, paying the cost.
This is the Son of God who came down from heaven to walk into the dark valleys of our
brokenness and sin to seek and save.
God’s love is forgiving and He calls us to follow His Son’s example.
As we walk in step with His Holy Spirit, we resemble him in deeds of love and pardoning kindness. At the cross, His sacrifice and love triumphs, and we are to consider what
great cost His and freely and wisely share His benefits for the good of others.
Ezekiel 34:16, “I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.”
Those that hold the Law of Kindness dear to their heart, live and speak it!
Kindness and compassion sets into motion the principle of God’s love and our actions,
an outpouring in humble, courteous deeds. “Freely ye have received, Freely Give!”
We must forgive, as he has forgiven us. “He who has forgiven much, loves much.”
Ephesians 4: “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers… Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
“Language” distinguish the country of one’s origin. So it is with the spirit of a man.
The heart is the fountain, words are the streams. A troubled fountain, and a corrupt
spring, must send forth muddy and unpleasant streams.
It is only the salt of God’s grace, cast into the spring that will heal the waters, season a man’s talk and purify his words. If you have evil in your heart, your words reveal it.
It is what proceeds from the heart and out the mouth that bring hurt to others and dishonor to God and judgment on the speaker.
Ephesians 4:15, “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things, which is the head, even Christ”
The events of the past cannot be changed but our perspective on the events can be!
John and Paula Sandford write “Christian healing comes then not by making a broken thing good enough to work but by delivering us from the power of that broken thing so that it can no longer rule us and by teaching us to trust His righteousness to shine in and through that very thing.”
It is difficult to allow God to reveal things about our past in order for root issues to be addressed. But in the allowing, God not only breaks through but comes with His deep,
cleansing Love and acceptance lifting your spirit to soar free and unfettered.
Psalms 51:17, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”
Heavenly Father, You are the AWESOME ONE in Mercy and True Judgment.
Thank You for sending Your Son so that none should perish but receive everlasting life through His Sacrifice of Love. Grant us willing and humble hearts to respond to Your compassionate, healing love in new ways that reach to the very center of our being to bring total cleansing, healing and renewal by Your Spirit. Make us clean and pure vessels meet for the Master. AMEN.