I have an addiction. More than one, if we’re being honest. I’m addicted to my phone. I pick up this little device a lot more than my bible. I’m addicted to sweets. My mom really thinks I have a problem with this one, but it’s alright. And I’m addicted to gossip.
Gossiping is bad. Let’s be real. We know we’re not supposed to gossip or talk about other people in a way that we wouldn’t want them to hear. But for some reason, gossiping, although wrong, is fun.
It’s fun because you’re friends are doing it. And you could chat for hours just gossiping. It’s fun because you’re staying in the loop. In fact, you might be staying on top of the loop with all those details you just learned. It’s fun and interesting to know about people’s lives. And it’s fun to share about people’s lives to other people. Even if they’re details that we wouldn’t want shared about us.
It’s also effortless. How many times have we talked about someone without having a second thought about it?
In Mark 7:15, Jesus says, “There is nothing people put into their bodies that make them unclean. People are made unclean by the things that come out of them.”
We know that we are not supposed to let any evil talk come out of our mouths. Only helpful and beautiful things.
Sooo how come I’m reluctant to eat something that is, oh no, full of carbs, but I gossip with my friends like it’s nothing.
God didn’t give me a mouth to spread rumors. God didn’t give me a mouth to put others down. God didn’t give me a mouth to ridicule, discriminate, judge, and hate.
He gave me a mouth to spread love. He gave me a mouth to show His light. He gave me a mouth so I could sing His praises. He gave me a mouth to lead and lift others.
Gossiping does good for no one. Not a single person. It upsets the person you’re talking about. It weighs down your soul. It’s just wrong.
I don’t know about you, but I know that I need to start breaking my unhealthy addictions. I need to start really following what Jesus is saying.