Do you need to bridle your tongue?

“Let me give you some good advice: I’m looking you in the eye and giving it to you straight: Don’t be ornery like a horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to stay on track.” Psalm 32:8,9

imageThe image of walking around like stubborn mule with a bit and bridle in my mouth is rather humorous. However, it might be a good image to keep in mind when tempted to gossip.

For most of my married life, I’ve lived in communities where I don’t know enough about someone to gossip. I guess that is good because it is tempting to share tidbits of juicy information about someone.

I’ve noticed when I go back to my hometown, that’s when I hear (and participate in) gossip. “Did you know … ” prefaces most gossip, or when someone says, “Don’t repeat this …,” it most likely should never have been shared in the first place.

The Psalmist, David, believes we need to be taught how to live and then give others good advice on how to stay on track. As for gossiping, the best advice is if you are sharing information for shock value, bridle your tongue.

Lord, we look to you for guidance to stay on track in our faith growth. 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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