“And besides they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not.” 1 Timothy 5:13
God is good but people are funny. I was sitting here this morning praying about something to write. I was drawing a blank….then the phone rang. A dear friend called me about some things that had been said. They wanted me to be aware of the wolf in the sheep’s clothing. God answered my prayer, although it wasn’t quite what I had expected.
Gossip is my subject matter this morning. Proverbs 11:13 says “A talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter.” I have written before on the power of the tongue and how we are suppose to pray blessings over our enemies. Well, here is my test. Surprisingly enough, it is a quite simple test. The devil will use all kinds of tricks to draw you back into your old ways. A couple of years ago I would have already been knocking on someone’s door to get to the bottom of this but instead today I will get on my knees and pray for this person. God loves this person too! I’m special to the Lord but so are you and so is he.
Rumors and gossip are nothing but the devil’s way of causing strife. Each person is accountable to the Lord and He will be the one to judge. We cannot go around worrying about what others may say and allow that to take our focus off of Jesus. Some may find it strange that in the midst of this I just want to rejoice in the Lord. For me this is confirmation that I’m not running with the devil but against him. The enemy will be the first to sound the alarm when your breakthrough draws near.
Gossip brings offense and offense brings unforgiveness. Unforgiveness will block your blessings. God has not given us the spirit of offense “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. ” Galatians 5:22-23. I choose to yield to His Holy Spirit. I choose to “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.” Romans 12:14.
This test was easy. I will remain faithful to God’s Word and bless those who persecute me and continue to rejoice in the Lord. “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” John 8:7. We also can’t judge our enemies for stumbling or be prideful for “taking the high road”. I am fully aware if it wasn’t for God’s grace I would be taking the dirt road; chasing them straight to the pits of hell just to get my point across. Instead, I am thankful. I’m thankful to the Lord for giving me the wisdom to enable me to stay on the narrow path. I’m thankful to the Lord for the narrow path. I’m just thankful to the Lord! – Donna Warren