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June 11, 2021 2:00 am
Gossip is in the same family as murder because it assassinates a person's character. It destroys reputations, families, and friendships. In the message "Psst! Have You Heard?" Skip shares how you can counteract gossip with purposeful words.
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He does not rate is down below the tongue, but below the words that are spoken down to the very deepest level where the words are formed in the front life in the mind of the Bible often refers to as the heart. Why does he do that because his words are just a gauge of your heart. The church is off-limits to gossip.
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Thanks for your generous gift 819 to 1888, or get online securely connectwithskip.com/offer is chapter 19 in various chapters and dreams for today study is joint Skip Heitzigs. James chapter 3 verse two says for we all stumble in many things can I get an amen we all do know we all will blow in a lot of different ways. If anyone does not stumble in word is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.
Indeed, we put bits in horses mouths that they may obey us and turn the whole body. Look also at ships although they are so large and driven by fierce winds there turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles done. Verse eight James three no man can tame the tongue, inferring only God can do that. It's an unruly, evil, full of deadly poison with it a listen to this potential.
With it we bless our God and father with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God out of the same mouth received blessing and cursing.
My brethren speaking to believers.
My brother, these things ought not to be so amazing. James says the potential in a human tongue in Greek mythology. There's a character named Proteus and Proteus was the old man of the sea. He was the being that was subservient to Poseidon and the Greek myths, but Proteus had a very interesting ability. He could change form he could morph he could change the parents so he could be a tree. He could be a pebble shop as a lion or a dove a serpent or a lamb.
That's like the tongue, the tongue can bless and curse, bless, and blast it can say you can slander it can encourage it can discourage as an illustration, let's compare two people in relative recent history and compare how both of them known for their speech used it in two different ways. Let's let's compare adult Hitler and Dr. Billy Graham adult to persuade people with his speech great masses of people. He turned a nation with his speeches with his words so and when adult was growing up he was tutored in giving speeches in communication and in mass psychology by a renowned European astrologer and cultist by the name of Eric Jan Hunt Newson.
He taught Adolph how to speak to speak to crowds how to win crowds in his favor out of turn their thinking around and you know the results. It's been estimated that for every single word in Hitler's book Mein Kampf that 125 people lost their lives in World War II is responsible for the death of millions of people. Compare that to Dr. Billy Graham who used his tongue for nothing else than proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world.
Billy Graham is preached to more people than any single human being was ever lived in human history.
Dr. Billy Graham has shared the gospel of Christ to over 215 million people in the stadiums of 185 different countries. Think of the different potential between those two individuals to words at the potential to affect people for good or for evil towards her personal words at potential. Let's take it down a level.
Not only that the words are powerful. That's the thought in verse 16, look, listen to the power you shall not go about this is a direct command. You shall not go about as a talebearer among your people know what is a talebearer it's pretty easy talebearer somebody who bears a tail.
I knew going.think about he's carrying he's bearing a tail. He has a story that he's bearing he's carrying a story and is a story about someone, a talebearer is a story about someone usually doesn't like her. She doesn't like and there may be traces of truth in the tail that they bear maybe certain parts that are true. Many parts that are not.
It's a spin on the facts, but this person is telling the tale not to reveal the truth. The purpose is not to reveal the truth. The purpose is to ruin a person the purposes when I bear this tale in your hearing you can inherit and change your thinking about the person I'm telling you about interchange what you think about them so I might say, let me tell you what he's really like. Let me tell you what I heard her say when I was eavesdropping well you don't know all the facts. Let me tell you what really happened and people lean in the difference between a talebearer and a concerned friend is the difference between a butcher and a surgeon both cut the meat but for very different reasons. The talebearer is bearing the tail to change a person's thought life about the person. So words are powerful they can ruin ruin a person's reputation. In certain cases for life.
People were talebearer by the way is Roxio and it means a slander monger somebody who bears or carries harmful information about some other person. The basic English translation.
The Bible in basic English just says do not go about saying untrue things among your people. Other translations they don't be a gossip will be a gossip that we as believers have gotten very crafty at our favorite scent of gossip we gotten so good at it that we don't say justice for me tell you the truth we go hey I have a concern. My heart is burdened all of your hearts burdened on burden your heart right as we want to say when you say my heart I feel so bad for you. I want you one.
Burden your heart or we get even worse than that we get even more file than that recounted in a prayer we can change the way a person thinks by a person listen to the Lord. I just pray for Skip or you know the truth about you know what is like you know what is done, you hear that you really is bad I meant was bad it was that bad, or he's done something. What is he done either beneath its it's taking you somewhere that tail is spinning the way you think about that person. Listen to something shocking.
I discovered a study by the New York Daily News and I just look to this. I write read this and I reread this a few times to see how they approach this poll how they discovered how many people he used to do it according to the New York Daily News 80% 80%, 80% of normal conversations consist of gossip. I hope you're doing well.
80% of normal conversations consist of gossip now. That's what they found.
This is also true online very reflective of that one article entitled Solomon on social media by Tim Challis says and I quote there are many websites, blogs and Twitter accounts dedicated almost entirely to gossip and sharing.
What is this Hon. rather than what is noble the end of his article he does give the best advice ever avoid these people and their gossip just avoid them avoid these people and their gossip. Good luck your honors. Can you tell if it's if it's gossip or if it's just news will match your question you raise your voice or lower when you tell see if you go hey Kenny is usually not news. News is hey Khmer, you raise your voice.
That's news when you have to lower your voice show something is up. As it says in Proverbs 16 verse 28 a whisperer separates the best of friends done in secret, listen this true story Bill Grail.
Let's on the flower shop in the little town of West Virginia call Campbell's Creek, West Virginia, Bill decided he was in the a proactive about his life and get healthy. So go on a diet integrating when Isaiah here that's good little leg looking better. Well he started losing weight as he lost weight and a rumor develop around town that he had AIDS you dates because you lost me after all. The guy on the flower shop so people started talking whispering making that a keen sense of rumor in this artist making upset he's got AIDS and and and so graffiti showed up on the walls of the shop's windows were broken. One lady refused to go on the shop field money. She had a check that she wrote she opened the front door through the check in the shop and got in the car and sped away. So Bill was sick of it. He quit his diet right stop being healthy is that one got a blood test for AIDS course Jody didn't have any. He posted the medical results on the window of the shop didn't help the rumor still persisted because now it's a story everybody's here in the same thing over to get his band's deliveryman got trashed his business when in the whole. The man did not have AIDS. He didn't need AIDS. He was destroyed by gossip his life was decimated.
There's an old proverb that says the tongue is about 3 inches long but can kill a man 6 feet tall. Listen to this. You know that there is a list in the Bible of the things God hates just hearing that if you never familiarize yourself with this portion of Scripture that in and of itself should get your antennas up to you if if God says he hates something you want to find out what he hates us because you don't do that right, God's is unalike it is when I got I hated to note that it so there's a lesson proverb successes six things God hates you a seven are an abomination to him okay at strong language hate abomination right there on the seven things God hates three of them are sins of the tongue and among them one of them is he who sows discord among the brethren.
Here's God saying not. I wish they wouldn't do that. I hate that I hate that he who sows discord among the brother so words are personal their potential. They are powerful scored the deepest level and that is words should be purposeful they are and they should be for the right reason. Verse 17 you shall not hate your brother where in your heart you should not hate your brother in your heart.
You shall surely rebuke your neighbor and not bear sin because of him, you shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself. And here's why. I am the Lord.
Duty does not reaches down below the tongue, but below the words that are spoken down to the very deepest level, were the words are formed in the thought life in the mind of the Bible often refers to as the heart, and why does he do that because words are just a gauge of your heart. What is spoken on the outside reveals what's inside. If good things in edifying things come out in your speech that reveals is your heart foul things come out that is your heart well I said that. But I don't mean that I don't think so.
You go to a doctor doctor says some interesting when you first come to see he or she the doctor was a stick your tongue out my target outside ache, but the doctor knows that your tongue can reveal a lot about what's inside of you. It can reveal.
If you have a lack of a few vitamin deficiency. If you have an infection of sorts was a stick out your tongue. Listen what Jesus said, a good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good and evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks you're familiar with. You just quoted a good person brings a good and evil person brings out evil because the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
And when I was a kid I had mouth trouble maybe TO block this kid did. I said some pretty bad stuff and my mom did something about she had a little fix. Call the bar soap if you read or mouthwash. I was so you have so curiously.
That's a lot of people. What brand was like ivory or so my house Irish Spring so if you know anything about soap, you know that's like a real strong and she took that Irish Spring mega bar soap. I'll put her down and wash my mouth and I'm Dragon you know what, it didn't help it in fixing now.
I did that day may be that week neighbor was right about him see that so but in fixing his terminally why she didn't go deep enough. That's why problem was in the mouth problem real problem was the heart-to-heart needed to be clean. That was the issue so noticeably says you shall not hate your brother that's feelings that you have that's thoughts you have toward in verse 18, you shall love your neighbor as yourself sought to get control of the tongue easy love. If you really love people. You don't slander them. You know that's hateful if you really love people. You don't gossip about them. That's not love. That's hate. That's hatred that's hate speech so love will keep you from slander.
It will keep you from gossip. It will keep you from defaming because Paul said in first Corinthians 13 love does not rejoice in iniquity.
Love rejoices in the truth. This process a little further when things are good.
Love everybody and thank you all. Love how is that love displayed somebody hurt you. Somebody says something about you. You feel injured by somebody in the answers. Let go now.
The answer is by talking to the person directly going to the person directly. Please notice verse 17 you shall not hate your brother in your heart. You shall surely rebuke your neighbor and not bear sin because of. In other words, you don't talk about that person you talk to that person to most people talk about that person to another person know you go to that person and you say I have a problem with and you deal directly. The healthiest way go personally and reconcile is much better than hating him in your heart, and stewing over it in your heart. This is the same thing. Jesus said Jesus in Matthew 18. If your brother sins against you, go and tell him what's amazing is that nobody does that anymore. A clear command of Jesus go to that person fix it reconcile a deal with a move on. Nobody does it to go till 50 other people about that person first legal get around to. Maybe I will always let it go and forgive it know you go to that person. You go directly to the person you shall love your neighbor not liable your neighbor love your neighbor and I have to say this because I think this is equally as is potent and true.
The problem isn't just the people love to say gossip.
The reason they love to say gossip is because a lot of people love to hear they wouldn't be saying that if people then love to hear there would be so many open mouths of there were so many open ears and they know that if they hear somehow. Tell me more tell me more time absent in on your audience.
Proverbs 18, listen to what it says the words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles. They go down to the inmost body to feed something perverse you hear some of the hall. Yummy, tell me more. What else you got so let me encourage you if somebody could let you know comes to you to tell you and evil report about somebody else. By the way, the guy gossip to your identity to gossip about. So I asked him some questions along the come to you asking this. Why are you bringing this to me what you telling me this information. Do you want me to be part affects your me to go to that person with the audio outlets reconciled us to get if you need help or you just doing this to slander the person. Are you telling me number two SMS where did you get your information will I don't review my sources that I like to listen to you anymore were done. Question number three. Have you gone directly to that person. You tell me about. Have you told him you know I told 50 other people first question number four. Have you personally checked out the facts. See they got information in there now telling you or acting on it was where did you get your information but not only that of you personally checked out the facts. Well, now that I heard from three people the same thing, so maybe they'll know and love each other is collusion. Question number five.
This usually will stop anybody with an evil report. Can I quote you on this because urban apartments it oh no don't involve me in this when you already involved by telling me.
So now I'm gonna call you on this, because that's where I heard it from one every until Skip anything that might be good don't develop the tongue of the snail let's develop the tongue of the wise promotes health for the honor and glory of the God who is holy consistently holy as I am, then perhaps escape a text message from his series, white-collar sin, few Skip to share how you can keep this broadcast going strong connecting you and many others to the Lord Christianity centers on one thing the cross of Jesus Christ. When we look to Jesus by faith we are healed and forgiven of our sins.
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