An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Give and Take

(Proverbs 26:22 KJV)  The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

Is this a word for the speaker or the listener?  The Bible is clear that the one who spreads gossip is involved in sin.  Does the same thing apply to the listener?  I think it might be a type of “age of accountability”.  When someone starts to speak you don’t know what they are going to say.  There comes point when it becomes clear what is going on.  That is the time to disconnect.  Sometimes all you can do is refuse to pass it on.  More often we need to learn to cut them off and walk away.  It isn’t easy.

I find that a simple “no” is often not enough to stop the person who says, “Do you want to know a secret”.  Often the “secret” is a bit of juicy gossip that they obviously want you to pass on.

So?  Obviously we need to not spread gossip.  Maybe we need to be more aggressive in refusing to listen.

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