Gossip tastes good because it is something new, makes us feel privileged (when we are told we are the only ones who are being let into this titbit) and makes us feel good (we feel good that we are not like the other person or after all even the other person is like us).
Some new fact (usually, negative) about others does no good to us; feeling privileged to know about it first is like reading a breaking news when actually half the world knows it already and feeling good about something bad about other people is like relishing candy when you are diabetic – my condition is already bad and I am aggravating it.
Gossip can only damage us. If we give into gossip, we separate friends, harm them and in the end we become fools.
Consider another scenario: When we hear something from the Holy Spirit, we feel bad about what He has shown us about ourselves. But when we repent and have a change of heart we become new! We also ought to feel privilegedthat the Holy Spirit God is at work in us. When the work of the Holy Spirit yields fruit in our life, we can’t but feel truly good and happy. To others we become a source of help, comfort and joy.
In the school of Christian discipleship, I believe, the more we read the Word of God the more we will become aware of the need of the power of the Holy Spirit to become in some degree like Jesus. As you yield to the work of the Holy Spirit in obedience and love, you will reflect Jesus.
Allowing the Holy Spirit to search us in the light of the scripture is beneficial; indulging in gossip is harmful.
Proverbs 16:28; Proverbs 11:9, 13; Proverbs 10:18; Ephesians 4:29; John 14:17, 26; John 15:26; John 16:8-15
Yours in Christ,
(Dr. Samson Gandhi)
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