By Mindi Artherton
Gossip. I am guilty. And this is a tough one for me. Not sure if it is just me, or if it is something all women struggle with.
A couple of weeks ago it was my turn to come up with the lesson for our Sunday School class. I really don’t like planning the lesson. I struggle with finding something I think the (teenage) students will find interesting. After doing a little bit of research, I decided we would talk about the power of encouragement. As I was jotting down a few notes, I kept being led to passages about gossip and the negative effects it has on others.
“No, God. We are not talking about gossip on Sunday,” I would grumble to myself as I searched for other scripture. “Everyone knows we are not supposed to gossip.”
I continued searching and again, found more scripture about gossip.
Ok. Point taken. Needless to say, we discussed gossip that Sunday.
As I dove into God’s word to learn more about how He feels about gossip, I quickly realized, the youth at our church are not the only ones that needed a refresher course in why it is best not to gossip–I needed to hear it too. It has been on my heart since that Sunday so I thought I would share with you all too. I know the struggle is real for me. Here is what the Bible says:
- Proverbs 16:28 “Troublemakers start fights; gossip break up friendships.”
- Proverbs 29: 12 “When a leader listens to malicious gossip, all the workers get infected with evil.”
- Ephesians 4:29 “Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift.”
- Psalms 141:3 “Post a guard at my mouth, God, set watch at the door of my lips.”
- Matthew 15:19 “For out of the heart come evil ideas, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.”
This Sunday school lesson turned into a lesson for me. Funny how God does that to us. I sure hope our youth group took to heart our conversation, but I know I did.
Friends, I give you permission to call me out! I can easily get sucked into gossip or even at times be the one to initiate these types of conversations. I want to be done with this kind of talk. Will you join me?