We know what God says about gossip, and we know we are often guilty of it. And we know that Scripture speaks strongly against gossip.
They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. (From Romans 1:29-32)
It is not fitting for Christians to behave in this way.
However, there is a worse kind of speaking. When we lead people away from the truth of Christ, our talk is like gangrene. (See 2 Timothy 2:14-19)
Gangrene is a medical emergency that can lead to death. It happens when the blood stops flowing to the body part affected. Sometimes, these body parts fall off. People may die.
That’s exactly how gangrene happens spiritually. We say things that draw people away from the body of Christ. They no longer have the flow of connection. Eventually, they drop away from the Christ who earns to save them.
Do you remember the Sunday School song we once learned?
Be careful little eyes what you see? Verse that follow remind us to be careful what we speak, hear, say and so on. What do you speak?
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