The Ugly Truth About Gossip
Most people probably won’t admit to it, but I myself have been guilty of it. GOSSIP. And the ugly truth about it is this, it is not normal. It is sin. Regardless of what we want to call gossip, no pretty name or avoidance tactics can cover up the truth. Sin is sin. All sin is detestable to God. Whether we are talking about those close to us, or the President of the United States. All sin is destructive and divisive and contrary to the unity and purity that God calls his people to.
Unfortunately gossip has become so normal in the church that we have normalized it and called it concern. We speak ill of those who wrong us. We don’t pray for them and ask God to lead us to restoration, but rather we take matters into our own hands and speak death over them and the whole situation.
Why we normalize some sins and attack others is beyond me! We have arrived in a time where we as the church have chosen to overlook some sin and calls others evil. But that isn’t what God has said in his word to do. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). I recently read an article that said there are degrees to sin. I don’t believe that is true at all. Yes, stealing a pack of gum versus committing murder is going to result in a different judgement before a court of law. But sin is sin!
In Exodus 20, God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses to give to the children of Israel. Even though there are ten, I believe that each one is completed as you honor the first one, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. “You shall have no other gods before Me” (Exodus 20:2-3). When we honor God above all else, we choose righteousness. In other words, sin is a choice.
We were not called to live lives that avoid sin, but pursue righteousness. Proverbs 10:20 says that, “The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; The heart of the wicked is worth little.” To be numbered among the righteous, we must reveal godly character as well as actions. “Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks uprightly, And works righteousness, And speaks the truth in his heart; He who does not backbite with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend” (Psalm 15:1-3).
It is time that we take responsibility not just for our actions, but for our words! When we expose the lies and temptations of the enemy, we allow the truth of God’s word to permeate and destroy the plans of the enemy. Satan desires that we accept his lies and that we live in religious devotion of trying to fix our sin with our own strength. But God calls us to a much different response to sin. James 4:7 tells us to, “Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” As we submit our whole being to God, the devil has no room to plant in the garden of our heart!
What will you choose today? Will you choose to expose the lies of the enemy without shame? Admitting that we struggle in a particular area of our lives does not shame us, it shames the devil. Our repentance before God allows the Holy Spirit to be like the weed killer in the garden of our hearts that kills sin at its root! We don’t want to naturally admit that we have or continue to deal with sin. It is the condition of this fallen world. But as children of God, we are called to a higher call. To live lives of purity and in pursuit of righteousness regardless of how our mind feels about it. The choice is yours. Will you lay down that sin? Bondage to sin. Or freedom in Christ Jesus?