12 Weeks of Prayer Week 7 Day 1


12 Weeks of Prayer Week 7 Day 1

THE STORYLINE NEEDS TO CHANGE

By Linda A. Knowles


"Without wood, a fire goes out;

without gossip, a conflict ceases.

Like charcoal for embers and wood for fire,

so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.

The words of a gossip are like choice morsels that go down into the inmost being."

Proverbs 26:20-22

The storyline hasn't changed even after all these years. I watched it growing up. The storyline goes like this: Mary gossiped to Ella. Ella didn't stand up to Mary and chose to listen to the gossip. Daphne heard the gossip Mary was telling Ella, and Daphne told Joe and Elsie who then whispered to Myron then Maria then Julie then Victor. Mary made she sure spoke to everyone Daphne spoke to so she could make sure they had all the details and "correct information." One person after another heard the gossip, either shared the gossip, participated in the gossip, or just remained silent as the gossiping was going on. Florrie, who was the object of the gossip, was unable to recover her reputation from all the lies the gossipers said. She ended up leaving the church, never to be heard from that church again. Florrie left the church completely disheartened, discouraged, and extremely hurt; the End.


Does betrayal happen in the church from one member of the body of Christ to another member of the body of Christ? Absolutely. The storyline I told above is an all too familiar storyline that still saturates the church today. Gossip doesn't just happen within the walls of the place of worship, but members of the Body of Christ will sit down over a cup of coffee at another's house or at a cafe.


Proverbs 18:22 & 26:22 both echo the same words, "The words of a gossip are like choice morsels that go down into the inmost being." Gossip has a way of seeping into your spirit, your heart, your mind, and your soul. If you allow yourself to listen to gossip about a person, you will see that person not as he/she is, but you will see them in the light of the gossip you told or entertained.


Lies are always soon exposed according to the book of Proverbs. Truth will always stand the test of time. Whether gossip is all lies or all truth