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When They’re Gossiping About You

When They’re Gossiping About You

Tabloids, talk shows and tell-tales thrive on a diet of gossip. Indeed, we’re each likely to spread our share of it and receive our share of it. And whether it’s based on truth, fiction or bits of both, doesn’t make it any less hurtful. Though society considers it as relatively innocent, God puts gossip in the same company as ‘…backstabbing…conceit, and disorderly conduct.’ (2 Corinthians 12:20 CEB) So, when you’re the target of gossip, what can you do? (1) When possible, ignore it. People who gossip get satisfaction out of upsetting you. So the more you get upset, the more they gossip. Don’t react in anger; that just fuels the fire. ‘Without wood a fire goes out; without gossips, conflict calms down.‘ (Proverbs 26:20 CEB) (2) When appropriate, correct it. Gossip can wreak havoc and break hearts. So if you can set the record straight you may be able to contain the damage. But forget about attempting to ‘tell everybody you know the real story’; you’ll only spread the flames, widen the exposure, and feed unhealthy appetites. Solomon said, ‘The words of a gossip are like tasty bits of food; people like to gobble them up.’ (Proverbs 26:22 NCV) Step...

A Prayer to Kill the Sin of Gossip in Your Life

A Prayer to Kill the Sin of Gossip in Your Life

Lord, thank you for your mercy and grace, even when we sin and gossip. Help me see this sin for what it is—hateful, hurtful, and ultimately sin that separates me from you. Lord, give me a greater affection for you. Help me love you so much that it spills over into everyone I meet. Help me love you so much that the temptation to gossip melts away in the midst of my thankfulness and joy. Help me long to build others up, not tear them down. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.



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