by Randy Chambers, 2014-07-25
Proverbs 26:20, NIV: Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a
quarrel dies down.
I’m not a gossip. Or am I? Do I quietly go to one friend to whisper about
another? Do I share a concern although I know it was something that was told in
confidence? “A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a
secret” (Pr. 11:13). How many morsels of gossip are disguised as prayer
concerns? “The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a
man's inmost parts” (Pr. 18:8). We hear something that we just can’t believe
about someone, and it is so very tempting to tell someone else—expecting to see
astonishment that matches our own. It’s hard to say exactly why gossip entices
so many. Yet, we are drawn to a whisper we hear, and so very often compelled to
share the news. If so, let us share the news first with God. Let our concerns be
taken first to God, so that He may keep us honest regarding our true intent.