Be careful what you say…

“Don’t bad-mouth each other, friends. It’s God’s Word, his Message, his Royal Rule, that takes a beating in that kind of talk.” James 4:11.

imagePeople love to share juicy gossip–especially if it tears down someone who is perceived to have clout or position. I must admit, it’s easy to get caught up in believing entertaining e-mails or petty posts are legitimate because they are usually well-written and come with “legitimate” pictures and illustrations.

In James 1:19, James explained how to avoid setting getting caught in the gossip trap: “Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear.” Today, he would add, and before spreading sensational news, check or another fact-check site.

When I read an e-mail or Facebook post about someone or an event that sounds far-fetched or out of character, I go into defense mode and dig around to find the real truth. If find the article to be false, I delight in setting the facts straight. Having said that, if I were to read ahead in James, he might tell me it’s not nice to gloat over being a know-it-all.

Lord, help us to share only good news–especially the Good News about Christ. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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