Personal Meditation on Gossip & Slander (Part 4)

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Gossip is leprosy of the tongue. 
A slandering tongue is like a weapon: (1) A razor; (2) A sword; and (3) An arrow. A razor: the tongue cuts. A sword: the tongue pierces and wounds. An arrow: the tongue takes away the credit of man and destroys their reputation before other brethren. 
The tongue can undo a whole generation, for good or evil. 
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A censuring Christian is a senseless Christian. Beware of spending too much of your time censuring other fellows. Censuring is the daughter of gossip. Examine your way of life. 
Christian gossip is the evilness of the gossiper. What, Christian! Claim Christ and thereby entertain gossip? We must not! To gossip against your neighbour is not only ucomely, but unloving.
Gossip the gospel, not people. 
Gossip destroys confidence. 

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash.
You know an individual best from how they talk about their absent friend. 
"Whoever gossips to you will gossip of you." 
"No one can have a gossiping tongue unless he has gossiping ears." 
"How may I pray for you?" In other words, please tell me something [about yourself] that I may go and gossip it with others. "Did you know so-and-so is going through..." Mark you, prayer requests are kind and exhorted, but we must be careful with those that use the good for their own agenda. In short, know your friends! 
Photo by Ben White on Unsplash.
The first gossip is good till the second one be heard. 
Keep away from malice. Keep away from gossip and useless talk. Love your neighbor. 
When you're tempted to gossip about someone, gossip for them a prayer. Pray against your itch for gossip. 
As the world keeps on talking, go to God who is always listening. 
Gossip and slander is able to kill a man while still living. 
Why do we gossip? Because we think we're more important and worthy than the fellow we're gossiping about. 
Abandon your life of fool gossip for a life full of grace. 
Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash.
I'm afraid many marriage-beds have turned out to be the altar and sanctuary of gossip, malice, & slander. 
Photo by Vitolda Klein on Unsplash.
When we stop gossiping the gospel to each other, we become busybodies, gossiping people. 
A gossiping tongue is always pregnant. You're wise and know how to apply. 
In life we need genuine friends, even the one. 
Avoid talking too much. Talk less. Be meaningful in your conversations, not wasteful. 
I'm opposed to all form of negative gossip. 
I'm convinced heaven is a world of love, not slander. 
The cure of gossip is not to gossip. 
Anyone who spreads gossip is a fool. 
Gossip is so tasty — how we love to swallow it! 
Gossip is a 'kind of divinity.' It never dies. 
If men come to you with some gossip, turn them away, humbly. 
Gossip, after pride, is the greatest evil. It is evilness in evil itself. 
Observe. Listen keenly to men talk and you'll conclude we feed best on gossip. Alas! 
The Devil's Dictionary: Confidant, confidante: One entrusted by A with secrets of B confided to himself by C. You're wise and know how to apply. 
Unless God in Christ through His Spirit intervene, we're forever undone! 
Perhaps we feel threatened by the grace of another and feel justified to slander them! 
Image: Elevate.
What keeps us from enjoying each other's company, without any gossip? 
There is such a thing as body gossiping. 
A man who hides his hatred is a liar. Anyone who spreads gossip is a fool. 
Gossip is 'mischievous, light and easy to raise, but grievous to bear and hard to get rid of. No gossip ever dies entirely.' 
Without wood, a fire goes out; without gossip, quarrelling stops. 
Whoever or whomsoever slanders my friend in my presence will have to do with me. Even if what they say about my friend is true, it is my responsibilty to protect them. I trust my friend would do the same for me. 
Will Rogers said it succinctly well: "The only time people dislike gossip is when you gossip about them." 
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Hypocrisy is fairest at farthest. 
'A hypocrite is like the Sicilian Etna, flaming at the mouth when it hath snow at the foot: their mouths talk hotly, but their feet walk coldly.' 
Feigned friendship is double iniquity. 
No slanderer of men is to be trusted. 
A hypocrite hides his hate behind flattering words. 
If you slander you're a bad fellow indeed; and if you're slandered, it is a very bad thing indeed. 
Imagine being married or marrying a slanderer! Stop imagining, please! 
Watch men's tongue when they've succeeded, but be more watchful when they've failed. 

Hello, everyone! I hope you’re enjoying my Personal Meditation Series? God bless and thank you for reading! – Thompson.

Personal Meditation on Gossip & Slander (Part 3)

Photo by Ben White on Unsplash.
Gossip is leprosy of the tongue. 
A slandering tongue is like a weapon: (1) A razor; (2) A sword; and (3) An arrow. A razor: the tongue cuts. A sword: the tongue pierces and wounds. An arrow: the tongue takes away the credit of man and destroys their reputation before other brethren. 
The tongue can undo a whole generation, for good or evil. 
Photo by Alicia Quan on Unsplash.
A censuring Christian is a senseless Christian. Beware of spending too much of your time censuring other fellows. Censuring is the daughter of gossip. Examine your way of life. 
Christian gossip is the evilness of the gossiper. What, Christian! Claim Christ and thereby entertain gossip? We must not! To gossip against your neighbour is not only ucomely, but unloving.
Gossip the gospel, not people. 
Gossip destroys confidence. 

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash.
You know an individual best from how they talk about their absent friend. 
"Whoever gossips to you will gossip of you." 
"No one can have a gossiping tongue unless he has gossiping ears." 
"How may I pray for you?" In other words, please tell me something [about yourself] that I may go and gossip it with others. "Did you know so-and-so is going through..." Mark you, prayer requests are kind and exhorted, but we must be careful with those that use the good for their own agenda. In short, know your friends! 
Photo by Ben White on Unsplash.
The first gossip is good till the second one be heard. 
Keep away from malice. Keep away from gossip and useless talk. Love your neighbor. 
When you're tempted to gossip about someone, gossip for them a prayer. Pray against your itch for gossip. 
As the world keeps on talking, go to God who is always listening. 
Gossip and slander is able to kill a man while still living. 
Why do we gossip? Because we think we're more important and worthy than the fellow we're gossiping about. 
Abandon your life of fool gossip for a life full of grace. 
Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash.
I'm afraid many marriage-beds have turned out to be the altar and sanctuary of gossip, malice, & slander. 
Photo by Vitolda Klein on Unsplash.
When we stop gossiping the gospel to each other, we become busybodies, gossiping people. 
A gossiping tongue is always pregnant. You're wise and know how to apply. 
In life we need genuine friends, even the one. 
Avoid talking too much. Talk less. Be meaningful in your conversations, not wasteful. 
I'm opposed to all form of negative gossip. 
I'm convinced heaven is a world of love, not slander. 
The cure of gossip is not to gossip. 
Anyone who spreads gossip is a fool. 
Gossip is so tasty — how we love to swallow it! 
Gossip is a 'kind of divinity.' It never dies. 
If men come to you with some gossip, turn them away, humbly. 
Gossip, after pride, is the greatest evil. It is evilness in evil itself. 
Observe. Listen keenly to men talk and you'll conclude we feed best on gossip. Alas! 
The Devil's Dictionary: Confidant, confidante: One entrusted by A with secrets of B confided to himself by C. You're wise and know how to apply. 
Unless God in Christ through His Spirit intervene, we're forever undone! 
Perhaps we feel threatened by the grace of another and feel justified to slander them! 
Image: Elevate.
What keeps us from enjoying each other's company, without any gossip? 
There is such a thing as body gossiping. 
A man who hides his hatred is a liar. Anyone who spreads gossip is a fool. 
Gossip is 'mischievous, light and easy to raise, but grievous to bear and hard to get rid of. No gossip ever dies entirely.' 
Without wood, a fire goes out; without gossip, quarrelling stops. 
Whoever or whomsoever slanders my friend in my presence will have to do with me. Even if what they say about my friend is true, it is my responsibilty to protect them. I trust my friend would do the same for me. 
Will Rogers said it succinctly well: "The only time people dislike gossip is when you gossip about them." 

Hello, everyone! I hope you’re enjoying my Personal Meditation Series? God bless and thank you for reading! – Thompson.

Personal Meditation on Gossip & Slander (Part 2)

Photo by Ben White on Unsplash.
Gossip is leprosy of the tongue. 
A slandering tongue is like a weapon: (1) A razor; (2) A sword; and (3) An arrow. A razor: the tongue cuts. A sword: the tongue pierces and wounds. An arrow: the tongue takes away the credit of man and destroys their reputation before other brethren. 
The tongue can undo a whole generation, for good or evil. 
Photo by Alicia Quan on Unsplash.
A censuring Christian is a senseless Christian. Beware of spending too much of your time censuring other fellows. Censuring is the daughter of gossip. Examine your way of life. 
Christian gossip is the evilness of the gossiper. What, Christian! Claim Christ and thereby entertain gossip? We must not! To gossip against your neighbour is not only ucomely, but unloving.
Gossip the gospel, not people. 
Gossip destroys confidence. 

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash.
You know an individual best from how they talk about their absent friend. 
"Whoever gossips to you will gossip of you." 
"No one can have a gossiping tongue unless he has gossiping ears." 
"How may I pray for you?" In other words, please tell me something [about yourself] that I may go and gossip it with others. "Did you know so-and-so is going through..." Mark you, prayer requests are kind and exhorted, but we must be careful with those that use the good for their own agenda. In short, know your friends! 
Photo by Ben White on Unsplash.
The first gossip is good till the second one be heard. 
Keep away from malice. Keep away from gossip and useless talk. Love your neighbor. 
When you're tempted to gossip about someone, gossip for them a prayer. Pray against your itch for gossip. 
As the world keeps on talking, go to God who is always listening. 
Gossip and slander is able to kill a man while still living. 
Why do we gossip? Because we think we're more important and worthy than the fellow we're gossiping about. 
Abandon your life of fool gossip for a life full of grace. 
Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash.
I'm afraid many marriage-beds have turned out to be the altar and sanctuary of gossip, malice, & slander. 
Photo by Vitolda Klein on Unsplash.
When we stop gossiping the gospel to each other, we become busybodies, gossiping people. 
A gossiping tongue is always pregnant. You're wise and know how to apply. 
In life we need genuine friends, even the one. 
Avoid talking too much. Talk less. Be meaningful in your conversations, not wasteful. 
I'm opposed to all form of negative gossip. 
I'm convinced heaven is a world of love, not slander. 
The cure of gossip is not to gossip. 
Anyone who spreads gossip is a fool. 
Gossip is so tasty — how we love to swallow it! 
Gossip is a 'kind of divinity.' It never dies. 
If men come to you with some gossip, turn them away, humbly. 
Gossip, after pride, is the greatest evil. It is evilness in evil itself. 
Observe. Listen keenly to men talk and you'll conclude we feed best on gossip. Alas! 
The Devil's Dictionary: Confidant, confidante: One entrusted by A with secrets of B confided to himself by C. You're wise and know how to apply. 
Unless God in Christ through His Spirit intervene, we're forever undone! 
Perhaps we feel threatened by the grace of another and feel justified to slander them! 

Hello, everyone! I hope you’re enjoying my Personal Meditation Series? God bless and thank you for reading! – Thompson.

Personal Meditation on Gossip & Slander

Photo by Ben White on Unsplash.
Gossip is leprosy of the tongue. 
A slandering tongue is like a weapon: (1) A razor; (2) A sword; and (3) An arrow. A razor: the tongue cuts. A sword: the tongue pierces and wounds. An arrow: the tongue takes away the credit of man and destroys their reputation before other brethren. 
The tongue can undo a whole generation for good or evil. 
Photo by Alicia Quan on Unsplash.
A censuring Christian is a senseless Christian. Beware of spending too much of your time censuring other fellows. Censuring is the daughter of gossip. Examine your way of life. 
Christian gossip is the evilness of the gossiper. What, Christian! Claim Christ and thereby entertain gossip? We must not! To gossip against your neighbour is not only ucomely, but unloving.
Gossip the gospel, not people. 
Gossip destroys confidence between two parties. 

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash.
You know an individual best from how they talk about their absent friends. 
"Whoever gossips to you will gossip of you." 
"No one can have a gossiping tongue unless he has gossiping ears." 
"How may I pray for you?" In other words, please tell me something [about yourself] that I may go and gossip it with others."Did you know so-and-so is going through..." Mark you, prayer requests are kind and exhorted, but we must be careful with those that use the good for their own agenda. In short, know your friends! 
Photo by Ben White on Unsplash.
The first gossip is good till the second one be heard. 
Keep away from malice. Keep away from gossip and useless talk. Love your neighbor. 
When you're tempted to gossip about someone, pray for them instead. Pray against your itch for gossip. 
As the world keeps on talking, go to God who is always listening. 
Gossip and slander is able to kill a man while still living. 
Why do we gossip? Because we think we're more important and worthy than our fellow. 
Abandon your life of empty gossip for a life full of grace. 
Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash.
I'm afraid many marriage-beds have turned out to be the altar and sanctuary of gossip and slander. 
Photo by Vitolda Klein on Unsplash.
When we stop gossiping the gospel to each other, we become busybodies gossiping people. 
A gossiping tongue is always pregnant. You're wise and know how to apply. 
In life we need genuine friends, even the one, not gossips! 
Avoid talking too much. Too much words is a snare. So, talk less. Be meaningful in your conversations and not wasteful. 
I'm opposed to all form of negative gossip. 
I'm convinced heaven is a world of love, not slander. 
The cure of gossip is not to gossip. 

On Gossip and Slander

Gossip is the leprosy of the tongue. Slander is the cancer of the mouth. If your friend loves to gossip in the negative sense; how sure are you they will not gossip behind your back when absent?

Beware, Christian. Gossip not only ruins another, it [tarnishes] breaks and dries the bones. But ah, how sophisticated we’ve become, that is, we acquire gossip by prayer requests. “How may I pray for you?”

Now, there’s nothing wrong with praying for and with one another. We’re exhorted to do so by our blessed Lord Jesus Christ. The problem comes when we stop gossiping the gospel to one another and become busybodies gossiping people.

And often, we delight in this type of gossip, a demeaning of another to make us sound or look better.

God forgive us.

Gossip as Prayer Requests

“How can we pray for you?”

The guise of holiness is seen in this: that men will not only gossip, but that they will gossip their way through prayer requests, in the name of love and compassion. Gossip is the leprosy of the tongue. Gossip as prayer requests is therefore the leprosy of the whole man, indeed, the heart being deceitful above all things (cf. Jer. 17:9).

Alas! Behold how sin hast made us evil, yea, more than evil but evil itself. We only gossip when we cannot behold grace in others, grace that lackest in us. We find comfort in character killing more than building each other up in love and Christlike rebuke. We are more prone to disguise our evil(s) but become devil-evangelists to others,

“Hey, did you hear…”

Gossip, indeed, happens both knowingly and unknowingly. Often times, unknowingly. That is, it has become part of our common talk. But when we really analyze our “common talk” it is always gossip, especially in the negative sense, yea, to make us appear good. Positive gossip is seldom.

“Ah, do you know how much that brother or sister hast been a blessing to my soul, especially during this & that time…etc…etc?”

These kind of talk we rarely hear nowadays, sadly. I believe there is much grace to behold in others than the sin we (crave) want to see, especially in the Christian fellowship. Sure, sin is the evil of evils. And it is because of sin that we are even speaking of this issue—gossip.

How Christlike would it be, then, when we’d be more loving as to love our neighbors with real prayer intercessions, rather than using the prayer requests to make us busy and entertained in the affairs of others?

Let us be gossiping the gospel, not gossiping people. There’s much evil in gossip because Satan is ever present presenting faults about us in the throne of God. Have you not read?

“And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”

– Revelation 12:10.

Behold, when we are urged to turn our bedroom chamber into a gossip center, let us use that time instead to pray for them that we feel needs be we must talk of them. You’re wise and know how to apply.

Gossiping the Gospel

“For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing. Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.”

– Acts 17:21, 23.

Negative gossip is the leprosy of the tongue. And better have a silent lip than a parroting tongue. For, how many wild fires have been initiated because of a tale being told which succeeded in nothing but the killing of another’s character? Paul we are told came to Athens, at the time a place of great learned men who, as it were, “spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or hear some new thing.”

These were men who sought knowledge and would spend their minute second in the discussing of it. Paul, being himself a brilliant thinker and scholar, not only gains interest in them, but he tactifully engages them, note:

“Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.”

Paul did not condemn them harshly, but sought to win them by reason of logic. In a word, Paul sought not to gossip with them; but chose to gossip the gospel to them. And what was the fruit at the end of his talk? We are told,

“…certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.”

– Acts 17:34.

Gossiping the Gospel did its work. What work? Saving souls that were lost to Christ Jesus Himself. Indeed, a lot of lessons and treatise can come out from this great chapter of Acts 17. But at present, yea, for our own application and use, let us be not so much in useless talk, especially in the busyness of tainting and tearing other peoples’ character by tales and hearsays.

Gossip is sweet to the tongue, sure! But it is a killer, as it murders a man while he lives! But how pleasant it would be when we as men we would learn to be in gossiping the gospel of Christ to the lost, than waste away time in useless and Christless talk in the ruining of our neighbor?

You’re wise and know how to apply.

On Gossip

Gossip is the leprosy of the tongue. And it is a kind of leprosy whereby it is mixed with a kind of sweetness, but bitter sweetness. A man may enjoy to slander, but his slander is a ruin of another. 
It is a common practice today that gossip is no longer called gossip openly, but "a checking up on so and so."  I mean, an enquiry to acquire information for more gossip, and not, indeed [for some] to care. 

And it is heinous that this charge can be found among the saints of God. And, I think, in the altar of many conversations, gossip is the cup of tea. The main meal. Alas!

If thy tongue be much on gossip, slander, and degrading of thy neighbor, then, pray that God would help thee to see grace in their area of life that thou lackest.

Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.

– Proverbs 11:13, ESV.