Gossip- tastes good then makes you sick!

Sunday 28th August 2011

Chocolate, ice-cream, fried food, lollies, soft drinks, chips… ever had a craving for junk food yet regretted it afterwards? I certainly have! There have been many times when I have desired food that deep down, I knew wasn’t good for me, but I went ahead and indulged in it anyway… only to feel sick for hours after eating it.

Gossip is like that. In fact, Proverbs 18:8 (MSG) says, “Listening to gossip is like eating cheap candy; do you really want junk like that in your belly?”

Conversations are like food to our mind, emotions and spirit. Just as we need to be careful about the types of food we eat when thinking about our physical health, we also need to think about the types of conversations we engage in when thinking about our mental, emotional and spiritual health.

When we choose to listen to gossip about others, it may seem juicy, fun, interesting and entertaining at the time, but it quickly leaves a sick feeling in our hearts afterwards.

When a conversation of gossip begins, a Girl of Wisdom chooses to try and change the subject or walks away if the other people in the conversation won’t stop. Most importantly, if she knows the person that is being gossiped about and believes that what is being said is untrue, she has the courage to stand up for that person. 

A Girl of Wisdom understands that gossip is unhealthy food for her mind and spirit. Let’s be wise about what conversations we participate in!

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