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Gossip

Tuesday

April 21, 2015

The devastation of gossip…

Read

“A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.” Proverbs 16:28

Think

Donkeys are interesting creatures with some pretty interesting traits. For example, a donkey can hear another donkey’s braying from up to 60 miles away. Think about it. That would be like you hearing your friend yell your name from a distance that would take you an hour to drive! But when a donkey hears that bray, they don’t just sit silent. They typically bray right back. In essence, they repeat everything they hear.

When we link up with “donkeys” in our lives, we find ourselves surrounded by people who repeat everything they hear. Whether or not it is the truth, they spew it. In other words, they gossip. They always “hee haw” what they “see saw”!

God doesn’t want us to do life with people who gossip. Today’s verse makes it clear. “A gossip separates good friends.” Don’t do life with donkeys. Instead, surround yourself with trusted friends!

Pray

Ask God to help you discern the gossips from your true friends. Pray for the strength to stand up to those who gossip, and spread the truth to the world around you!

Act

Read the following verses about gossip, and arm yourself with God’s truth against this devastating action: Proverbs 18:8; Proverbs 20:19; Proverbs 26:20; Proverbs 26:22

 

Friday

September 27, 2013

Fri, Sep 27

Read

“If one person sins against another, God may mediate for the offender; but if anyone sins against the LORD, who will intercede for them?” 1 Samuel 2˸25

Think

When we offend someone close to us, perhaps a family member who we love, it hurts everyone and we want find a way of working it out. Often another family member will help to calm things down and bring us back together again. But when we sin against God, how do we make amends?

The great news is that God sent Jesus as our Mediator. He is constantly interceding for us in heaven. And by putting our trust in Him as Lord and placing Him on the throne of our lives, we have access to God and He will forgive our sin. Have you experienced that forgiveness?

Pray

Thank God for His grace and mercy and for sending Jesus to bridge the gap between us and Him. If you have not given your life to Christ and relieved yourself of the burden of sin, you can do so today.

Act

Tell someone about the decision you have taken. Talk to someone at one of our worship experiences this weekend at any Fellowship Church location and tell them about this change in your life.

Friday

July 13, 2012

Fri, Jul 13

Read

So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days. When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God. Nehemiah 6˸15-16

Think

Anyone who leads will be attacked by negative people at some point. To put it another way, when you’re doing great, people will hate.

Nehemiah faced this reality when he was building the wall; we face it today when we are making a difference for God. But Nehemiah didn’t allow negativity, gossip or slander to distract him from his purpose. Instead, he stayed on the wall and continued to follow God’s plan for his life.

Are you facing negativity? Are you being attacked? Don’t get off the wall. Instead, pray, stay above the fray, and complete the task God has for you.

Pray

Thank Him for giving you purpose in the face of any attack. Ask Him for the strength and courage to carry out the purpose He has for your life.

Act

Read Nehemiah 7 to see how his leadership, direction and reliance on God’s hand helped bring back to Jerusalem so many from the exiled nation of Israel. Remember that God wants to use your leadership to have the same kind of impact in the lives around you!

Wednesday

June 13, 2012

Wed, Jun 13

Read

“Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.” James 3:5

Think

Like a horse led by a bit or a ship led by a rudder, many great things are controlled by small parts. If we are not careful, we can allow our tongues to dull the light we are called to be in the world. Just as it’s impossible for an orange tree to produce apples, it may be impossible for others to receive words of hope from us if all they hear are words that are careless, calloused and capricious. We need to consistently communicate in caring and careful ways that elevate Christ and help us to make a difference in the world for Him.

Pray

Pray for God to help you control your words today. Before you speak, pray for wisdom and consider the effect your words have on the lives of those around you.

Act

At the end of today, write out a list of things you said throughout the day that stand out. Consider your words, thoughts, and deeds, and ask yourself, “Have I honored Christ in those ways today?”

Tuesday

June 12, 2012

Tue, Jun 12

Read

“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18˸21

Think

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can certainly hurt me. Remember, we’re never “just saying” with our words. Our words have power. We are either communicating powerful words of life, words that will build up, encourage, and educate; or we are communicating powerful words of death, words that defile, deny and denigrate.
Don’t be careless about the words you say. Instead, be intentional with your communication. Measure every word and use them all to bring life into the people around you.

Pray

Ask God to give you a heart of compassion like His. Pray for Him to give you the words to speak to others so you can bring them life.

Act

Be intentional about encouraging someone today. Look for someone in the office or around the neighborhood who seems down, and give them a compliment to help build them up.

Monday

June 11, 2012

Mon, Jun 11

Read

But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart…. Matthew 15˸18

Think

The regularity of vulgarity in our culture is shocking. Expletives have become adjectives. To put it simply, vulgarity has become commonplace.
As Christ followers, we are called to be uncommon. We’re called to set the example for the world and to stand out. We are not supposed to conform to the commonality of this world. Instead we are to be in a constant state of change by the renewing of our minds, becoming more reflective of Christ daily in our thinking, acting, and speaking.
Vulgarity is more than a language issue; it’s a heart issue. What is your heart communicating to those around you?

Pray

Ask God to search your heart today, to help you see if there is anything that needs to be removed. Ask God for the strength to remove those things and make you more like Him.

Act

Do an inventory on your vocabulary. Think about what you allow yourself to see, hear, and say. As you discover those things you know are vulgar, take action to remove them.