Psst! Have You Heard...?
|Leviticus 19 (NKJV™)|
|11||'You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another.|
|12||'And you shall not swear by My name falsely, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the LORD.|
|13||'You shall not cheat your neighbor, nor rob him. The wages of him who is hired shall not remain with you all night until morning.|
|14||'You shall not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind, but shall fear your God: I am the LORD.|
|15||'You shall do no injustice in judgment. You shall not be partial to the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty. In righteousness you shall judge your neighbor.|
|16||'You shall not go about as a talebearer among your people; nor shall you take a stand against the life of your neighbor: I am the LORD.|
|17||'You shall not hate your brother in your heart. You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him.|
|18||'You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.|
New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.
The sin of gossip has never made it into the same lists as murder and manslaughter. It's regarded as one of the "little sins" that even Christians are unwilling to avoid. But gossip is in the same family as murder because it assassinates a person's character. It destroys reputations, disrupts families, divides friends, and causes heartbreak. And the problem isn't just in the speaking but in the hearing as well. Let's look at a direct command not to gossip.
We say we want to be holy, yet we tolerate sin on a daily basis, comfortable with its permeating presence in our homes, our relationships—our very lives. And while we view murder, lust, and lying as unbearably wicked, we trivialize gossip, gluttony, and envy. In the series White Collar Sins: Death in Its Sunday Best, Pastor Skip Heitzig challenges us to view all sin as destructive and recognize its painful consequences.
Keywords: gossip, holiness, social media, tongue, prayer, love