Avoid Gossip

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Daily Reading: 2 Chronicles 33:14-34:33, Romans 16:10-27, Psalm 26:1-12, Proverbs 20:19

Daily Verse: “Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets; therefore, do not associate with a simple babbler.” Prov. 20:19

Avoid gossip.

People who talk about others, sharing secrets without concern, define gossip. And at one time or another, we’ve probably all committed the sin; I know I have.

“If I can’t say it to them, I won’t say it behind their back” I answer when asked about gossip. The more God refines me, the less I talk about others.

“And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.” Luke 6:31

Applying the Golden Rule to gossip helps us put it in perspective. I don’t want people talking about me, so I shouldn’t talk about others. Having suffered from gossip, I try to avoid it at all costs, not wanting to cause pain to others.

Don’t trust people who have a reputation for gossip. Simple babblers let the words flow from their mouths without thinking about how they will affect others or the secrets they spill.

Gossip destroys relationships, hurts others, and betrays trust. Avoid it at all costs.

Lord, forgive us for gossiping. Help us avoid talking about others, practicing the golden rule, do unto others as you want done to you. Let us glorify You with our speech, each day becoming more like Jesus. IJNIP. Amen

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