“Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.” (Psalm 66:20)
This is being put here because I currently do not know what to do with it. And yet I’m not one to believe that by “sharing” things do they improve. I will neither feel better nor solve this by writing it here. If I thought anyone who had anything to do with this, read this, they probably wouldn’t recognize themselves anyway. Not that it would be the right way to handle it. So why am I bothering. I’m not sure. Possibly because I feel turned away almost everywhere. So perhaps just a cautionary word is all I want to deliver then:
They say that what goes around, comes around. Now taken one way – it could mean that if you do a good turn to someone, one will be done to you. Taken another way – gossip that you share about someone else always has a way of getting to the victim. So please before you “share” some “concern” about someone, think about if it was *your* reputation on the line, *your* joy in serving the church that was being trampled on. Think about what if it was *your* children that were being marginalized. Or you? Maybe you aren’t able to think in those terms because you’ve been a busybody for far too long. Or could it be because you think the thing you have to “share” is so very important that it overrides the biblical injunction to not gossip. Other terms in the Bible for gossip include: backbiter, busybody, slanderer, secrets, talebearer and whisperers. So then, a Biblical definition of gossip would be to spread rumors or secrets, speak about someone maliciously behind their back or repeat something about someone else that you have no right to repeat. There are quite a few verses in the New Testament then about gossip, using those parameters. Here is just one. I wonder if any of us really want to be associated with this list:
“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.”( 2 Timothy 3:1-5)
So that is what I wanted to say. I don’t know where I should really say it, since I have no readers here.
“…through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true” (2 Corinthians 6:8)