Speak the Truth:
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Talk the Talk:
Women like to talk! We talk about everything. Are we happy? Are we sad? Are we frustrated, mad, etc? It really doesn’t matter. We can be in most any mood and we still like to talk about our feelings and emotions. I don’t know about you but I have a smorgasbord of words that bounce around in my head. I contemplate and entertain many thoughts throughout my day. And where there are thoughts……there are emotions. I am once again under God’s conviction. This time……Gossip! I think there are degrees of gossip or maybe different kinds of gossip. I do not divulge secrets or personal information. That whole ‘talking about someone behind their back’ thing can get nasty and I have been on the receiving end of that type of gossip. Here is the definition I found, gossip: a person who habitually reveals personal or sensational facts. A rumor or report of an intimate nature. A chatty talk.
Hmmm. What does God’s Word have to say about gossip? Proverbs has a lot to say. A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret (11:13). The words of a gossip are like choice morsels, they go down to a man’s inmost parts (18:8). A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends (16:28).
I am guilty of sharing with others how I have been offended or how my feelings were hurt or the mean things that have been said or done to me. What’s the big deal, right? Everyone needs to vent. Right. We are correct in saying we need to get it out and avoid bottling our feelings up inside of us. Imploding and exploding are no fun. Think though. Who are you sharing this stuff with? You may be fortunate to have a best friend or a real confidant. You may have a spouse you can really talk to. I know I am blessed with both. They will not betray my trust. I vent. They listen. I feel better. Then what? They, the spouse, friend, or trusted one, now have a new perception of the offender. Sigh.
I’m not saying there is anything wrong with having a confidant, but what I am saying is that oftentimes, we skip right over our God who knows it all, and right to ears who might not need to know. Pray. Seek discernment. Vent to Him. God is more than capable of comforting us, holding us and redirecting our thoughts and feelings. His opinion and love for you AND your offender are in tact. His opinion is not swayed. How awesome is that?
Walk the Walk:
Fact: I am a woman and I like to talk, and that is OK. I have many things to share but join me in making a commitment to be mindful of what the Holy Spirit wants me to share and who He wants me to share it with. Continually praising God for His love.