EDIFICATION or GOSSIP ?

Today, I’m going to let you “listen in” on a conversation I’m having with myself:
 
Psalm 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer.”
 
This Bible verse should be my prayer today and everyday as I arise and start a new day.  Why?  Because my sinful nature does not naturally speak edification.  Although I am a child of God and saved by His marvelous Grace, I must daily fight the sinful flesh in which I live, Romans 7:8 “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing,”  resolving in my heart to refrain from speaking everything that comes to my mind.  Psalm 17:3 “I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress.”
Pausing before speaking, I should ask myself some serious and pointed question:
Is what I am about to say edifying?
Will it bring division, hard feelings or strife?
Will it have a negative influence?
Will it cast an unfavorable light about another person?
Will it raise questionable thoughts or cause someone to have hard feelings toward someone else?
Is what I am about to say really necessary?
Am I about to say thoughtless, unkind, cruel words to or about someone—-someone who is made in God’s image?
My speech is a very serious matter to God: When Jesus was speaking to the Pharisees, He said, “For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.” Matt 12:34-37.  Also, Psalm 39:1 says, “I said ‘I will guard my ways that I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth as with a muzzle.”  A muzzle?  Yes, that’s what God’s Word says.  Isn’t that a device people use on animals?  A very descriptive way to impress on me how serious this matter is of controlling my tongue.  So, if that’s what it takes to keep me from dishonoring You and others with my mouth, then I must use it.
O Lord, my desire is that my speech may edify You and be a blessing to those around me.  Your Word says “Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.” Psalm 34:13   Colossians 4:6 
“Let you speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.”  Speak “what is spiritual, wholesome, fitting, kind, sensitive, purposeful, complimentary, gentle, truthful, loving and thoughtful.” (John MacArthur)
 Dear Lord, may I be steadfastly committed to refrain from empty, unkind, careless, thoughtless, foolish words, and be determined to honor and glorify You in what I say and how I say it.
 
The Better Way: Earnest, careful guard of our speech is the better way.
 
Read also: Life-Giving Sound
 
Advertisements

About Gail Slawson

I am a 68 year old wife, mother and grandmother. After 48 years of marriage, my husband and I have been richly blessed with 4 wonderful children and their wonderful mates and 19 precious grandchildren, five of whom are already with the Lord and 2 great-grandchildren. My husband and I are busy retirees and reside in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where we serve the Lord Jesus Christ through Bible Studies, as mentors and greeters in our church and telling others about Him "as we go." Mark 16:15
This entry was posted in Godly Living, Guidance for Women. Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to EDIFICATION or GOSSIP ?

  1. Anita says:

    This is a very timely meditation for me. I’ve struggled so with asking for prayer. Some friends I have know every bit of gossip and I don’t want to add to their store. But at the same time I want to ask for their prayer. My personal prayer is that I will not be seen as a gossip but as a person who prays for concerns.

  2. Melinda says:

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Mindy says:

    That’s good stuff!

  4. Beth says:

    So true!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s