By Julie Kraus
Today's Scripture: Proverbs 18:8
Central Thought: Avoid the gossip trap by following the rule of love.
'The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body” (Proverbs 18:8).
Just the word secret is tantalizing. After all, nobody wants to be 'out of the loop.” In this information age, there is an unquenchable thirst to be the first to know. Entire television shows are dedicated to revealing the secrets of the famous and the infamous. With 24-hour news programming sensationalism has become big business.
The Internet can be the greatest source of misinformation, posting unsubstantiated stories with no accountability or reliability. Well-meaning friends use e-mail to forward stories, rarely verifying if they are true or not. Rumor and innuendo have ruined many reputations.
The Bible speaks quite clearly against gossips and busybodies. So why do we keep falling into its trap? One reason may be that we long for intimacy yet are afraid to reveal ourselves to others. Sharing a confidence about someone else gives two people a false sense of closeness without risk. They walk away feeling closer, but not knowing each other any better. It is an impoverished kind of friendship at best.
I thought about writing a list of rules for myself. Is it true? Should it be told? I recently heard something that I want to live by. The rule should be 'speaking the truth in love,” and more often than not, love will prevent us from speaking at all.
Devotional Prayer: Father, I ask that each time I stray into gossip Your Holy Spirit will convict me of sin. Let my words be Your words, full of life and hope.
Today's Bible Reading: 2 Kings 18:13-19:37; Acts 21:1-16; Psalm 1:1-9; Proverbs 18:8