I recently read that quote in the picture from Leonard Ravenhill a few weeks ago and I was immediately convicted… Not that I gossip about people habitually I really don’t… But when I do get caught up in it by either listening to habitual gossips, I’m immediately grieved, my conscience gets the best of me. I’m the type of guy that people usually know where I stand. I got that from my mom. If I am convicted about something, being doctrinal, biblical or personally, people find that out by me telling them… Not by a third person, I also learned that from my mom. but the question for me is do I pray for people I either disagree with, Am I holding inside thoughts that are not good. Do I gossip without knowing that I am… Something to think about!
Gossip (psithurismos) “whispering” once. 1 a whispering, i.e. secret slandering. 2 of the magical murmuring of a charmer of snakes.
Webster defined gossip as a person who habitually reveals personal or sensational facts about others… rumor or report of an intimate nature. If you Google the word gossip you get celebrity news and gossip over and over. It was Will Rogers who said “The only time people dislike gossip is when you gossip about them.” Spurgeon said “Tale-bearing emits a threefold poison; for it injures the teller, the hearer and the person concerning whom the tale is told” I read this about a four-year-old boy decided that he’d make an attempt at reciting the prayer which he had heard in church. “And forgive us our trashbaskets,” he asked, “as we forgive those who trashbasket against us.”
The Apostle Paul said this to the Corinthians Church For I am afraid that perhaps when I come I may find you to be not what I wish and may be found by you to be not what you wish; that perhaps there will be strife, jealousy, angry tempers, disputes, slanders, gossip, arrogance, disturbances; 2 Corinthians 12:20
Proverbs 11:13 He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is trustworthy conceals a matter.
The poet, Tasso, upon receiving reports from friends that a certain enemy was spreading gossip about him, observed: “I am not disturbed. How much better it is that he speak ill of me to all the world than that all the world should speak ill of me to him.”
Gossip or Prayer That’s it…
I choose Prayer
From Facets of Grace
A southern preacher divided his church members into five types of bones.
1. Wishbones—Folks always wishing for better things, but never willing to work and pray for them.
2. Jawbones—The gossiping kind that keep the church in turmoil.
3. Funnybones—like the bone in the elbow that throws a person into a tizzy when it is hurt. They are touchy, wear their feelings on their sleeves, and are always talking about leaving the church.
4. Drybones—Orthodox but dead as fossils.
5. Backbones—The spiritual support of the church that keeps the body standing.