Trying to stop gossip is like trying to put toothpaste back into a toothpaste holder. It "ain't" goin' work!
No where do we in the kingdom of God struggle more than in this area.
People who gossip and murmur hurt themselves more than anybody else. The bible says murmuring brings disease to the heart and can bring devastating and disastrous consequences.
We not only have a responsibility to curtail our tendencies to gossip, we must also take up our responsibility to not listen to gossip.
When someone tries to contaminate you with their murmuring gossip or gripes, you can stop them with these five questions:
1. What's your reasons for telling me this?
2. Where did you get your information?
3. Have you gone directly to the person?
4. Have you checked out your facts?
5. May I quote you when I check this out?
I would suggest to you that when a gossip realizes you're not going to allow your ears to become their garbage cans, they will stop. And you will go on and have a great day realizing that you have protected someone instead of hurting them.
Let me give you something that you can practice today. Instead of griping or gossiping, why not replace all of the sins of your tongue with thanksgiving.
Paul writes, "In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit."
Bless that person you might normally gossip about with a prayer of blessing. "Father, I bless (fill in their name)today. May this be a day of peace and prosperity in their life."
here's what I know.
WE ARE ALL TRYING TO DO THE BEST WE CAN.