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Gossip vs. Godliness

  1. Introduction (Mt 12:34a-37; 15:11)
    • We simply cannot please the Lord without having control of our speech (1 Pet 3:10-12; James 1:26)
    • Our tongues give us ample opportunity to fail (James 3:1-12)
  2. The Sin of Gossip
    • Bible words: talebearing, whispering, slandering.
    • And these are consistently condemned! (Pr 10:18; Eph 4:31-32; 1 Pet 2:1; 4:15)
    • Gossip...
      • is not necessarily untrue, nonetheless intended to assail one's reputation. (Ps 15:1-3)
      • the genesis of much contention and strife. (Pr 6:16-19; 16:27-28; 17:9; 26:20)
      • runs amok of Jesus' "golden rule."
    • Instead... (Pr 25:9-10)
  3. Some practical considerations:
    • We are too hasty to excuse ourselves in this!
    • The dangers of technology.
    • A word of warning to women... (1 Tim 5:13; Titus 2:3ff)
  4. How to control gossip:
    • Know the danger.
    • Be honest.
    • Shut the cage. (Pr 17:28)
    • Close the cans.
  5. Conclusion (Mt. 12:36-37)
    • "He who guards his mouth and his tongue, guards his soul from troubles." (Pr 21:23)
    • "I will guard my ways that I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth as with a muzzle.." (Ps 39:1)
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