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Scripture On Gossip
« on: August 23, 2009, 06:28:43 PM »
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  • Leviticus 19:16 - "Do not go about spreading slander among your people.  "Do not do anything that endangers your neighbour's life.  I am the Lord."

    Proverbs 18:8 - The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts.

    Proverbs 20:19 - A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.

    Proverbs 11:13 - A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.

    Proverbs 16:28 - A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends.

    Proverbs 25:23 - As a north wind brings rain, so a sly tongue brings angry looks.

    Proverbs 26:20 - Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down.

    Proverbs 26:21 - As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.

    Proverbs 26:22 - The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts.

    Psalm 52:2 - Your tongue plots destruction; it is like a sharpened razor, you who practice deceit.


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    Re: Scripture On Gossip
    « Reply #1 on: August 23, 2009, 06:30:05 PM »
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  • Romans 1:28-32
    “Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.
    1:29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, and malice. They are gossips,
    1:30 Slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant, and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents;
    1:31 they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless.
    1:32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these things but also approve of those who practice them.”


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    Re: Scripture On Gossip
    « Reply #2 on: August 23, 2009, 06:30:49 PM »
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  • “Slander” is a word that has an interesting origin. It comes from the word “Devil.” According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, slander means “malicious talk; to spread damaging information; to defame; to speak ill of.” Is it no wonder where slander derives it’s name? Slander is the work of the Devil, and those who slander are on his team. In fact the Bible says that Satan is called the “accuser of the brethren” (Rev. 12:10). Are you an accuser of the brethren too? If so, even though it may not be your intention, you are being used an agent of the Devil! According to scripture, any Christian who’s mouth is out of control does not have a right relationship with God. “If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight reign on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless” (James 1:26).

    “Gossip” is derived from the idea of “whispering.” According to the same dictionary, “gossip” means “To indulge in idle talk or rumors about others; spreading of sensational stories.” Funk and Wagnals dictionary defines it as “Idle, or malicious talk about others.” As we can see, gossip is a close cousin to slander, and God’s Word places both in the same cupboard as murder and other wickedness -- sins worthy of death.

    Let me ask, as a Christian do you occasionally slip up and commit a murder here or there? Or how about theft -- do you occasionally burglarize a home or steal things from the store? You may think this is silly to ask. Of course, a Christian lifestyle doesn’t behave that way. But how about gossip or slander? Do you engage in idle talk or rumors about others? Do you participate in bad-mouthing or spreading rumors about others? According to the Bible, which sin is less severe? Murder or gossip? I’m sure you get the message. Paul said, BOTH are sins equally worthy of death.

    The Apostle Peter, also used murder as a comparison with another, sometimes under-rated sin. “But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters” (1 Peter 4:15). Notice that a “busybody” is placed in the same company as “murderers, thieves, and evildoers.” The dictionary defines a busybody as “a meddler; a person who seeks confidential information about others; a snoop; a nosy person.”

    A busybody is another close relative to gossip -- a person who meddles in the affairs of others. They are like a peeping-tom who snoops and spies. A busybody is the investigator for the gossips and rumormongers, seeking to uncover sensational details and to whisper the latest news. Sometimes busybodies are persons who have too much time on their hands, with nothing better to do than to talk too much.

    “Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things they ought not to”
    (1 Tim. 5:13).

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    Re: Scripture On Gossip
    « Reply #3 on: August 23, 2009, 06:41:11 PM »
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  • Things to Remember about Gossip


    Gossip is as sinful as murder and will suffer the same consequences unless there is repentance (Rom. 1:32).
    God holds you accountable to your words (Matt. 12:36-37).
    The person who gossips to you about others, also gossips to others about you.
    Gossip & slander disqualifies persons for spiritual leadership (1 Tim. 3:11, Jas. 3:2).
    Gossip often masks as pretentious concerns for others.
    Gossip often thrives upon secrecy. Where secrecy is removed, gossip is hampered.
    Gossip always contributes to a problem and never to a solution.
    Gossip always distorts and exaggerates, and is never a reliable source of truth.
    Those who gossip & slander are not in right fellowship with God (Rom. 1:28-32).
    Those who gossip rarely get answers to prayer, and often face persistent, unexplainable problems (Psalms 66:18, Prov. 21:23, Prov. 6:12-15).

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    Re: Scripture On Gossip
    « Reply #4 on: August 24, 2009, 08:17:33 PM »
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  • The Lesson, folks!

    Don't Gossip.

    Don't concern yourself on things that don't concern you. Even if how tempting the story is.

    God Hates Gossipers, folks! You got it!

    Bless those who gossip about you.
    Bless them even if they curse you! Amen!

    Bless them, and pray for them lang. :)

    For God will Justify and Repay. Count on that.

     

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