Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | September 4, 2015

September 4, 2015 “Dishing The Dirt”

“Do not spread slanderous gossip among your people. Do not stand idly by when your neighbor’s life is threatened. I am the Lord.” (Leviticus 19:16)

Good Morning Friends!

   “Psst…did you hear about so and so…I heard that she…” Gossip! It’s one of the most destructive forces in the Enemy’s arsenal against believers. In the Book of Proverbs it is written  of gossip, “The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts” (Proverbs 18:8) There’s something strangely and wickedly attractive about being privy to salacious innuendo against another person. But like a small fire set to a dry field, it soon spreads blazing out of control and leaving a wide path of destruction in its wake. If you have ever been the victim of it, no explanation is needed. If you have ever perpetrated it or participated in it, know that it stands against the Word of God.  Reread the verse at the top of this post. God is speaking, and his directive is clear: “Do not spread slanderous gossip among your people.”  Nothing good is ever said of gossip in the Word.  Compare gossip with prayer…gossip tears down a person while prayer builds up a person. Gossip is based on speculation and rumor while prayer is based on honest and heartfelt communication with the Almighty. Gossip displeases God while prayer delights God. Gossip seeks to destroy a reputation. Prayer intercedes before the Throne of Grace for the betterment of another…to save the life of another.  Evangelist and author Leonard Ravenhill astutely observed,

“Notice, we never pray for folks we gossip about, and we never gossip about the folk for whom we pray! For prayer is a great detergent.”

Where gossip sullies, prayer, the great detergent, cleanses. Gossip is often referred to as being “juicy”, like a choice morsel of fruit, but like that which was forbidden to Adam and Eve, it is a fruit not on God’s favored list. It is the spawn of Satan himself.  Ravenhill was correct. When we are gossiping about someone, we are not praying for them, but rolling around in the muck and mire. We’re not interested in getting things cleaned up…we’re dishing the dirt! When we are praying for someone, however, we are not gossiping, but bringing the cleansing power of the blood of Christ into their lives. Let’s pray!

Holy God; Guard our hearts, our ears, our lips, and our minds from engaging in gossip. Instead, may we be found on our knees lifting up one another in prayer before Your Throne, where we find truth, mercy, and grace in abundance. This we pray in Jesus’ Most Holy Name. Amen!

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