I remember not long ago seeing a church sign that said, “A gossip is the knife of the party.” Now I’m not a huge fan of church sign sayings, but I thought this was was pretty true. A gossip ruins reputations. Words that tear down can kill relationships. On the other hand words that build up can encourage and inspire.
From my devotions this morning:
What your eyes have seen
do not hastily bring into court,
for what will you do in the end,
when your neighbor puts you to shame?
Argue your case with your neighbor himself,
and do not reveal another’s secret,
lest he who hears you bring shame upon you,
and your ill repute have no end.
A word fitly spoken
is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold
is a wise reprover to a listening ear.
Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest
is a faithful messenger to those who send him;
he refreshes the soul of his masters.
Like clouds and wind without rain
is a man who boasts of a gift he does not give.
(Proverbs 25:7b-14, ESV).
Instead of talking to a co-worker about that person who offended you, go to them directly. Instead of replying to an insult, respond in love. Listen to the messengers that God brings into your life as well.
Hard isn’t it? It so easy to want to complain or give ear to complaints. I know I’ve been guilty of doing the wrong thing, but I covenant to make the right choice today. Because my words are more than just words. They can bless or they can curse. They can praise the Lord and honor Him or they can bring Him dishonor.