Sometimes, we tend to gossip without understanding the implications, while some of us just think its to have a story to tell. have you ever wonder what your gossip do to the person you are gossiping about? When you are tempted to gossip, Please Ask yourself these 8 Questions:
1. Is my Speech Seasoned with Salt?
We must be very careful and intentional about the words we say, and not just speak carelessly. Ask Yourself: Will my words taste wholesome to whoever hears my words, whether now or later? Colossians 4:6, ESV Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. Matthew 12:36, ESV I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak.
2. Is my Speech Kind?
Are my words sweet to the soul of who I’m talking to, and who I’m talking about? Proverbs 16:24, NLT Kind words are like honey – sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.
3. Is My Speech Building Up Friendship & Love?
Are my Words seeking love? Are my Words promoting friendships and love, or promoting anger and breaking up friendships? Proverbs 17:9, ESV Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends. Proverbs 15:1, NASB A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.
4. Will My Speech bring Life or Break the Spirit?
Will my Words bring Life, or Will they break the Spirit of who I’m talking about? Proverbs 15:4, ESV A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit. Titus 3:2, ESV …speak evil of no one… avoid quarreling…. be gentle… show perfect courtesy toward all people.
5. Is My Speech Helpful & Edifying?
Will My Words Help, Edify and Build Up the person am talking about? Ephesians 4:29, NIV Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
6. Am I Guarding My Mouth & My Tongue?
Avoid Talking too much – Avoid Sin. Proverbs 10:19, NLT Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut. Proverbs 13:3, ESV Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. Proverbs 21:23, ESV Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.
7. Am I treating Others the Way I want to be treated?
Luke 6:31, NASB And just as you want people to treat you, treat them in the same way.
8. Am I thinking Good Thoughts?
Philippians 4:8, KJV Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Proverbs 18:21, ESV Death and life are in the power of the tongue…
Dear Lord, please forgive us for when we’ve gossiped. Please forgive us for when we’ve used our words in ways that do not glorify you or show love to others. Please help us all to honor and glorify your name in our thoughts and our words. May our thoughts, words and actions always bring life, and show love to everyone. May our words build up friendships and trust, never destroy. Amen. Psalm 19:14, NIV May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. ( Amen.)