Praying or Posting?

Gossip: n. 1. Rumor or talk of a personal, sensational, or intimate nature. 2. A person who habitually spreads intimate or private rumors or facts.

We are always seeing these tweets or Facebook statuses where people are taking shots at one another.  No names are hardly ever mentioned, but it’s very obvious who it is about.  I’m sure we’ve been guilty of it at one time or another– especially growing up in the horrifying epidemic where a 12 year old is allowed to get a Facebook account {GUILTY!}  So my question for you– for us— is are we praying about it, or posting about it?  I’m sure if any of us prayed about the person we were angry at as much as we talked/posted about them, it wouldn’t even be that much of a huge deal to where we felt like we just had to post on Facebook or to tweet about it in order to get it off of our shoulders.  “Well my post isn’t about who you think it is”  You’re not fooling anyone.  There can only be so many dramatic things happen in one day, one weekend– one WEEK.  Really, the bottom line is that we are so deep into our anger that we feel as if we have to make the person feel miserable– as if that will make us feel better.  Think of how you always feel whenever you see a vague post and you wonder who it is about:

Wow, they’re upset.

I wonder who it is about…

Is it about ME?

What did I do?

Have I lost another friend?

It’s gotta be about me.

I bet everyone hates me now. 

{FACT: 39% of teen social network users have been cyber-bullied in some way}

Well.. isn’t that true?  Unless you’re there when the person actually posts their gossip on a social network {you should try your hardest to talk them out of it}, you’re never 100% sure of who it is about.  In fact, that’s exactly what it is– gossip.  Many times you might see in re-tweets or comments “Girl, text me.”  Well I’m sure that makes whoever the post is about feel better.  Got the whole town talking about you, and it was only a misunderstanding.  Gossip can really hurt people.  It causes others to lose respect for you, and whoever you are talking about.  Here is a few verses from the Bible– It’s how Jesus views our immature gossip:

To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, [but] gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.

~ Titus 3:2

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

~ Ephesians 4:29

A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.

~ Proverbs 11:13 

The words of a talebearer [are] as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. 

~ Proverbs 18:8 

So with these verses are a few thoughts I’d like to point out:

Gossiping causes…

Hurt

Hatred

Disrespect

Trust issues

And more anger than you had in the first place.387635_11646417138427_1700279116_n

When we are talking of others in such a rude and insensitive way, I don’t think we fully realize at the moment that we are not only hurting their reputation; but we are hurting our own reputation, also.  You might forgive that person who you gossiped about, but whoever you gossiped to did not forget.  They’ll always have a little bit of disrespect for that person.  So as this thought goes for both you and I, let’s remember what we are really doing towards that person– we are causing more hurt than we could ever imagine.

“The best way to deal with slander is to pray about it” ~ Charles Spurgeon

Aren’t we so blessed to have a God that loves and forgives us?  You don’t have to live with the regret of past mistakes– If you ask for forgiveness, He will forgive and forget.

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