Some days it’s easy to get caught up in gossip. We want to feel like we are in the “know.” We are all guilty of participating in what may seem like innocent gossip. Well, let’s be honest, there is no such thing as innocent gossip. Whoever said “sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me” was wrong. Words are powerful.
“Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift.” Ephesians 4:29 MSG
Unfortunately, society does not focus on the best qualities in others, rather we talk about those lacking attributes. The words we use have power. Everyday we are faced with the choice to encourage others or fall into the gossip trap.
James 3:9-10 says “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.”
We have all been the topic of the latest gossip. It hurts. Everyone is facing some sort of battle. Don’t fight battles God didn’t intend for you to fight.
What if we focused on what is right with people instead of what is wrong. How different the world would be?
Dear Heavenly Father, please help me to always see the good in people. Help me to remember words are powerful. Help me to choose my words wisely and to use them for encouragement. I pray to always be the light in someone’s life and to help their day be just a little bit better. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.