Loose Lips…

Today’s Scripture is Proverbs 20:19…

“A gossip can never keep a secret.  Stay away from people who talk too much.” 

Today’s blog post is by Michelle Musselman…

When I first read the verse for this blog, I thought, “Well, that’s obvious.” Actually there are many verses in the bible regarding gossip (and the tongue). Google it.  Plain and simple – it’s a sin, don’t do it.

A gossip is defined as a person who often talks about the private details of other people’s lives.  No one wants to be called a gossip, but if we are honest, we probably all gossip somewhere along the way. Gossip can be the intentional, devious, destructive passing of personal information, true or not, to others.  It can also be the flippant comment or the unintentional casual conversation and before you know it, someone’s life struggle, marriage, finances, choices, children are being critiqued and analyzed.  Anybody ever say this…“I just wanted you to know so that you could pray for them”?  Once our words come out of our mouths, we can’t get them back.  We have no control as to how they will be repeated or to whom.  Psalm 14:13 (ESV) says, “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!”  

This verse is also warning us not to share personal, private, confidential things with people who have a tendency to share too much information.  (Reminds me of the saying “loose lips, sink ships”)  Once again, that seems pretty obvious.  Well, being around people who talk too much makes it very easy to “learn” information about others…juicy tidbits, the latest news.  Listening may seem innocent, but information whether accurate or not has the ability to change us.  Information about others can change the way we see them, change the way we think about them, change the way we treat them, change what we say about them – giving us the potential of becoming the gossip.  Matthew 12:36 says “You can be sure that on Judgement Day you will have to give account for every useless word you have ever spoken.”  Yikes!

3 thoughts on “Loose Lips…

  1. Yikes!!! Is right…and unfortunately, in the church, gossip is considered by most to be a “lesser sin”. What if we all held each other accountable?

    Sandie

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  2. Yikes is right! is scary! gotta get a grip on this problem! And i will pray about it and try to curb it and yet slip back into this awful behavior. Practice, practice, pray and practice some more.

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  3. Yikes!…and to too many of us in the seem to be addicted to gossip. May we all take heed. With God’s help we can overcome.

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