Rumours – how do they start. They must start somewhere.
We have a couple at church who are now separated and there are some awful rumours going around about them.
Where do these rumours start?? Do start with the couple with the problems or do they come just out of peoples heads?
Maybe the wife shared with a friend and that friend shared with another good friend – under the guise of a prayer request.
Maybe the husband did the same, who knows, but once the rumours are out there they are very hard to get back.
I know that I have often asked people to pray for certain people and shared issues, has my motivation been correct and good.
Maybe – maybe not.
Maybe when we ask people to pray for certain situations we shouldn’t name the people we should just name the problem. God knows everything so I am sure He will know who we are praying for.
Gossip is a dreadful, terrible and hurtful sin and we should make sure that we are not a part of it.
I don’t want anyone to be hurt from my careless loose tongue. I only want people to be blessed, but it all comes down to me and my mouth.
1 Timothy 5:13 Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not.
Women (me in particular) have the ability to talk. I can talk and talk about things with my husband and my children and my friends. I just natter away about my life, what I’m cooking for tea or what I am blogging about. It just comes out, it is a natural flow like lava, but when this lava flow turns to other people and their issues it should be stopped short.
Sometimes I just talk and before I realise it I have shared things that just aren’t my business to share. I feel saddened and depressed by this and wish that I could take back the words. Unfortunately the words can’t be taken back but I can repent and ask God to forgive my thoughtless attitude and then most importantly I can ask Him to help me to strive to not do it again. I don’t want to go around that mountain more times than necessary because not only does it leave me feeling depressed and a bit dirty but it also hurts someone else.
Do you have these issues also?? Let us ask God to help us change this character trait in our lives. Let us ask God to turn our tongue to doing good, to praising Him and encouraging others in their faith walk.