God's timing as always is perfect! My hubby sent me this one this morning from Crosswalk.com Daily Heartlight Verse. It starts out with:
"He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends."
It goes on to talk about we think that it's simple gossip that will do no harm. But that is not the case. When we talk about others, we are actually doing damage. There is no such thing as simple gossip. Taming the tongue is not an easy task for those of us that have gossiped for so many years.
I'll admit, I never thought of it as being damaging when discussing problems and what not. But it extended beyond problems, it took on talking about them other than the problem to be dealt with. And instead of taking it to the Lord, we would complain and "gossip." We never thought of it as gossip.
We think, well it's just between us, it's not going to hurt anyone. Well it does hurt others, as the more we complain about someone, the more damage we do towards them in the listeners eyes. We can end up turning someone away, or changing their attitudes towards them, etc. This is exactly what had happened. It's not fair to the person(s) being discussed as they are not able to defend themselves. Perhaps we are seeing things in a different light than what is really happening, which is not fair either.
When a problem exists, it is best to confront the person or let it go and hand it over to the Lord, and of course, pray!
The following is the thoughts on the verse from Crosswalk:
Thoughts on today's verse:
"It's just a little harmless gossip." The Wise Teacher reminds us that gossip is neither little nor
harmless. Its consequences are huge and its damage horrible. Instead, it is much better to be a peacemaker and an offense-mender.
Thought this was a good little reminder of what we should be watching for.
May God Bless you and protect you always.
Make a ripple and watch it grow and grow.
Remember to P.U.S.H.