Sunday, October 7, 2012
Gossip/ Lashon hara
Often times those who gossip don't even take time to realize how much time and energy they waste doing so. Gossip doesn't uplift anyone spiritually. Those with the gift of discernment recognize gossip as being the works of the enemy.
Devil (Greek/ diabllo)- slanderer, accuser
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night - Rev.12:10
The purpose of gossip is to break others down and doesn't stress forgiveness. Accusations done both behind someones back and before their face is known as Gossip (evil speach) or in the Hebrew: lashon hara.
"Speech is considered to be lashon hara if it says something negative about a person or party, is not previously known to the public, is not seriously intended to correct or improve a negative situation, and most importantly, is true.Statements that fit this description are considered to be lashon hara, regardless of the method of communication that is used, whether it is through face-to-face conversation, a written letter, telephone, or email." - Wiki
There are negative effects for spreading negatives of others and according to Torah is seen as a serious sin and total disrespect of civil laws.
Those who are a slave to this sin often use stereotypes, labels, propaganda, and ideologies to spread ignorance and hate (strife/division) towards not only individuals but people by the masses. Often times those fallen victims of these tactics of the enemy in return take up the same tactics. This happens when those who exsperiance such begin to label and stereotype their enemy and teach their congregation and kids such tactics based on this rather than individual fruits. A well known Overcomer of this is Martin Luther King Jr. with his "I have a dream" speach!
"I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal. I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood."
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."- Martin Luther King Jr.
Whats the written WORD say on the subject?
* A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends / Proverbs 16:28
* Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers/ Eph.4:29
* Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice/ Eph.4:31
* Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge/ James 4:11
* Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth. As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife./ Proverbs 26:20-21
* Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour; I am the LORD/ Lev.19:16
________Futher documentation______1 Tim. 3:10,11/ Ps.101:5/ Proverbs 11:9,10,11,12,13/ Ps.34:13/ Ps.19:14/ Ex.20:16/
1 Tim.5:12,13/ Rom.1:29-32/ (Proverbs 20:19 / Proverbs 18:7-8)/
Proverbs 27:9/ Proverbs 31:8/ Matt.12:36/ Acts 15:32/ 1 Pet.2:1/
1 Pet.3:10,16/ Ps.12:6/ Proverbs 22:11
Don't support or enable gossip 2 Jn.1:11
Other blog subjects encouraged:
Rebuke/ Our Words/.... Gossip (Gossip)
God is no respector of persons. He is the heart knower. Discernment is priceless! Anyone who feels they have to break someone else down to build themselves up have a serious problem
2 Tim.2:16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
Jas.1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
Jas.3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
Jas.3:8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
1 Pet.3:10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile
Ps.57:4 My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.
Ps.64:3 Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words
1 Cor.13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal
Rom.3:13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips
Is.54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD
Ps.34:13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile (39:1)
Jer.23:31 Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that use their tongues, and say, He saith
Ps.52:2 The tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully
Proverbs 10:20 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.
Proverbs 15:2 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness
Proverbs 17:20 He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief
Proverbs 21:23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles
Ps.10:7 His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity