Sunday, September 25, 2016


Pro 11:13  A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.

Talebearers or gossipers speak of the faults and failings of others, or reveal potentially embarrassing or shameful details regarding the lives of others without their knowledge or approval. Even if they mean no harm, it is still gossip.

gossip...casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true.

I knew a woman who could not keep a secret. The most private of conversations were revealed by her. I felt sorry for those whose secrets were betrayed. Often she would broadcasts things that she thought were true about others, that were not true. She had many good qualities but perhaps from loneliness, she could not keep a secret.

Paul spoke of the widows who often spent time with other women gossiping instead of keeping busy and keeping quiet.
1Ti 5:13  And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.

busybodies...busybody is a nosy, meddling person, who's very interested in what other people say and do. If you're a busybody, you can't help offering advice to friends, whether they want it or not. Busybodies are known for trying to help with situations in which they're not necessarily welcome or needed.
If you hear something about another that puts them in a bad light, do not repeat it. If it involves you, do some research on it and confront the person who offends or who is offended. Do not broadcast negative words about another person.
tittle-tattle...idle talk; gossip.
Pro 18:7  A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
Pro 18:8  The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
I think most of us have said words that should not have been said. We are to speak words that edify not to tear down another. None of us are without faults. Thank God that he forgives us when we confess our faults through the blood of Jesus our savior.

1Jn 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1Jn 1:10  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 

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