Monday, May 19, 2008

Putting a Leash on My Mouth

Your tongue plots destruction;
it is like a sharpened razor...
You love every harmful word,
O you deceitful tongue! (Psalm 52:2,4)

Some people seem to get a kick out of passing along bad news. Acquiring information seems to be a hobby, or even an addiction. They LOVE to get the scoop.

Have you ever heard the story about the gossiping family at a church? They developed quite a reputation for enjoying the ability to be "in the know" about others' business. They especially liked to know the bad things.

Their church knew about the gossip and a saying developed about their reputation. The saying was

"Telephone. Telegraph. Tell a Smith."

As I read Psalm 52 this morning, I was confronted with that fourth verse:

"You love every harmful word".

Do you enjoy saying negative things about others?

Ever get just a hint of excitement about being able to pass on bad news?

May God develop our spirit so we can sense when a "gossipy" thought begins in our mind.

May God help us to take control over every thought that comes into our head.

May God change our heart so we start to loathe such gossip, rather than thriving on it.

Grace & Peace

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