Shut Your Blabber

I don’t know about you, but one of the things that hurts me most is gossip. I know we’ve all encountered it and possibly even been part of the nasty problem without realizing. Just giving someone the platform (your ears) for such nonsense without defending the party not in the room is promoting, rather than stopping, the problem. I didn’t like gossip when I was a 12-year-old, and I certainly don’t like it now. Whether you are a child or adult, gossip/deceit is wrong. If you’re a child then you’re growing into who you are meant to be, but if you’re an adult, then you should work on finding a better hobby than hurting other people. Even if they’re not aware of what your mouth is uttering, you are attempting to destroy their reputation and character through your words–that says more about your character than theirs. 

If you happen to find yourself in a situation like I recently did, don’t listen to the lips that are flapping in front of you. Remember: if a person is talking to you about such things, trust me, they are talking about you as well. This is a character issue affecting society at every level and it’s not just a playground thing–it’s reality on our newsstands, television shows and around the water cooler. Are you part of the problem or solution?  

I know we aren’t perfect people, but we really need to be on guard when these moments occur. We can choose what we read, watch, listen to on the radio–but we can’t always choose what another person will come to us with. In those times, we can still choose our response and we should make the conscious effort to recognize it’s happening and not have dirty hands because someone else tried to put us in the quick sand with them. When I recently encountered this from someone other than a usual suspect (we all know those), I was reminded that gossip is a rampant problem among adults–Or, should I say, adolescents trapped in adult bodies?

So what do you do when a grown person comes and decides to bring the ugliness you try to avoid to your doorstep? What do you do when someone vomits up their dirty thoughts and opinions about other people on you–forcing you into a party for which you didn’t want or receive an invitation? I don’t know what you do, but I am welcoming your thoughts on this subject that everyone encounters on a daily basis…whether it be from an individual or media. We are coming up on the time of year when we may see people we only see every once in a blue moon and face this subject head on, just around a dinner table rather than the water cooler. Food for thought as I ponder the things in life that cut to the heart of society, both for Christian and non.

That’s all I have to say, but if you’d like to know just a little about what God has to say about it, click on the following–there is much more in the Bible about this subject, but here are just a few words to remember as you strive to be a solution and not a problem:

Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with a simple babbler (Prov. 20:19)

Those who gossip and slander are not in right fellowship with God… (Rom. 1:29-32)

Keep your mouth shut if you don’t have anything good to say about someone (Eph. 4:29)

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