Do you ever get secret cravings? Well, a couple of weeks ago I found out I did; I liked gossip. Today’s society is very social and we share in each other’s lives. We want to know another’s business. There are many people who have Facebook, Instagram, etc. because there is always a desire to be “in the know, and we are curious people by nature.
My discovery came when I was talking with my cousin after church. She was sharing some family dirt with me. Then, I got a sudden appetite for what I didn’t know about them. After, she dished “the dirt” we parted our ways and have not spoken since then (Proverbs 18:8 says, “The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man’s inmost parts.” NIV) The Holy Spirit convicted me of our conversation and I had to repent. I was wrong and the word declares, “Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him (or her) I will destroy.” (Psalms 101:5 NIV) WOW! The Lord does not like gossip of any kind. He doesn’t like slander, dishing dirt, rumors, backbiting, indirect jokes of hurt, whispering, etc. And those are only some forms of gossip.
I had to ask the Lord why I gossip, or even entertain it. He responded with this: “You gossip because you’re not spiritually minded, but you are carnally minded. If you were doing things My way then you would build up and not tear down, or when someone comes to you with any gossip you would not compromise, but walk away.” WOWZERS!
I was stopped in my tracks; I couldn’t practice that any longer. I started thinking more about gossiping. I know others who practice this and I have come to the conclusion that we gossip because we are idle and want to feel that they have some kind of influence or we are insecure (hating). Normally if you look at a person who is gossiping, they are not doing any spiritual work or nor do they practice being spiritual.
I come to You thanking You for being so loving and patient with me. I come confessing that I have compromised and committed sin against You by gossiping or listening to gossip. Father, keep me from this carnal behavior and purge me from the desire to be in the”know” about other’s business. If I can’t help or genuinely pray for them, then let me not be concerned. I ask from this moment forward that I would seek to please You in all that I see, hear, say, think, or do. Lord, I want to worship You and I want to know about You, and that’s it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Today I EMPOWER you to not let the enemy trick you into thinking that it’s okay to gossip. I EPOWER you to walk away at any invitation to listen or participate in gossip so that you may please your Father!
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Mrs. Lisa M. Purnell-Marshall is happily married to the wonderful and inspiring Antoine L. Marshall. She is the proud mother of two gorgeous girls. Her voice is one of the leading and authentic voices for breast-feeding, especially for the African-American community and Generation Y. She currently works inside of her home and plans to become a professional licensed lactation consultant in 2014. She and her family are members at Spirit of Liberty Church located in Markham, IL. Embracing the love that God has for her, Lisa labors to live an acceptable and pure life through the leading and keeping of the Holy Spirit so that her attitude, words, and actions attract the glory of God. In her free time she loves receiving manis and pedis. Her favorite promises that she find comfort and reassurance in are: Psalm34:19: “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all” and Luke 6:38: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”