I remember signing up for my first Seventeen Magazine subscription.
Upon opening my first “adult” magazine, I began being spoon fed celebrity gossip. I felt incredibly cool at school when I could tell you who Britney Spears was dating, how ugly Drew Barrymore’s dress was, and what skin-care products Jennifer Anniston used.
The spoon feeding became a full on appetite.
People around me became subjects of a horrid spider web of gossip.
I was trapped and entangled inside of it.
I am grateful that The Lord has intervened in my life since then and shown me just how destructive gossip can be.
Gossip still exists among Christians.
Gossip is a really sneaky tool the enemy uses. It’s so easy to let things slip out of our mouths without meditating on what we are about to say. Rude, hurtful things about others that do not build anyone up.
When we gossip, we try to make less of others so we can make more of ourselves. But the reality of it is, we make less of others, ourselves, and God.
No one wins when we gossip except the enemy.
Let’s quit feeding gossip!
Let’s build up people with our words instead of tearing them down.
She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets;
therefore do not associate with a simple babbler.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.