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We are called to be bearers of good news not to be spreaders of bad news.

“And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.’”   Mark 16:15

However, gossip is not good news. Gossiping is bad news about others.  That’s the devil’s job.

The devil is the accuser  Rev. 12:10

When we gossip, we are being the devil’s mouth.

If someone gossips about others to you.  It is up to you to shut it down.  If you listen, remember that who gossips to you will gossip about you.

Gossip is always exaggerated, if you choose to act on gossip or take gossip as truth,  you are giving in to the devil’s intend.

Why is gossip so bad and what to do instead?

1. GOSSIP DESTROYS RELATIONSHIPS EVEN WHEN THAT’S NOT THE INTENT:

He who conceals a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends. Proverbs 17:9

INSTEAD OF TALKING ABOUT OTHERS TALK DIRECTLY TO THE PERSON AND TALK TO GOD ABOUT THE PERSON.

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

James 5:16

2. CONSISTENT GOSSIP MAKES THINGS BIGGER NOT BETTER:
For lack of wood the fire goes out, And where there is no whisperer, contention quiets down.

Proverbs 26:20

 INSTEAD PRACTICE MATTHEW 18

1. CHECK YOUR HEART:  THE MEETING IS TO RESTORE NOT TO TELL THEM YOUR MIND.  Gal. 6:1

2. GO TO THE PERSON ALONE.  Mat. 18.15

3. IF THAT DOES NOT WORK, TAKE SOMEONE ELSE WITH YOU.  Mat. 18:16

4. IF THAT DOESN’T WORK, INVOLVE CHURCH LEADERS.  Mat. 18:17

5.  DOD’T SKIP ANY OF THE ABOVE STEPS!

3. GOSSIP INVALIDATES YOUR RELIGION EVEN WHEN MASKED BY FALSE SPIRITUALITY

If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.

James 1:26

INSTEAD LOVE OTHERS BECAUSE IT FULFILLS GOD’S WILL FOR YOU:

Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Romans 13:10

IF YOU WANT TO KEEP GOSSIPING.  GOSSIP ABOUT JESUS TO OTHERS!

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