Slander

Lord, it’s not true—
__what they are saying about me;
__You know that.
But others don’t know
__and some want to believe
__their treacherous lies.
What will I do?
O God, You do know the truth.
__In Your time
__and in Your way
__You will vindicate me.
Help me not to be troubled
__over what human beings
__may say,
__knowing that the only words
__that matter
__come from Your lips
__saying,
__”well done, faithful servant.”
Enable me so to live
__that when the gossip
__has died away
__I may truly hear You speak
__those gracious words
__to my broken, rejoicing heart.
____________For Christ’s sake.
________________Amen

Gossip

A GOSSIP GOES ABOUT REVEALING SECRETS,
BUT A TRUSTWORTHY PERSON CONCEALS A MATTER
Proverbs 11:23

What is gossip? It can be falsehood—indeed, it often is (at the very least it may be the distortion of truth). But it doesn’t have to be. Gossip is spreading information about someone to which other persons don’t need to hear.

Is it really essential that you tell others details about the problem marriage that Joe and Nancy are having? Does that spat that you next door neighbors had need to become public knowledge?

“But it happened. I didn’t make it up.”

Yes, you heard it through the screen window that was open because it was loud. But you didn’t hear the forgiveness and reconciliation that took place!

“Well, I guess I didn’t.”

Then your story that you were so eager to tell was incomplete—and, therefore, gave a distorted picture of all that occurred.

There are many other ways in which gossip that is forbidden in Scriptures can do harm. Think and pray about this if it is a problem you need to repent about and overcome.

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