As I was bent over with the Nevada sun beating on my back, and the chatter of my little boy close by trying to hold the big trash bag open, I started thinking.. about the weeds... (bare with me lol) not too long ago I was watching something with my son I am not sure if it was Veggie Tales or what.. but it was a little story about weeds.. and they compared them to gossip, rumors, and slander... It seemed that with each weed I was tugging at the Lord was bringing this story to mind in a very real way. The funny thing was after about an hour working at it.. I thought I must be close to being done.. when I took a quick survey of the yard I realized with some dismay, there were tons of weeds I had missed.. What a analogy... Gossip is ugly...once the "seed" of doubt.. or gossip is "planted" it is often impossible to stop the rumors from "growing". They are dangerous and damaging. I for one make excuses for what "stories" I tell or listen too.. God is definitely working on my heart. Be careful what you say..and what you listen too.. Its too easy to justify our curiosity.
Funny how the Lord teaches us things.. He can even use an Ugly ole' useless Weed...
- Proverbs 11:13
A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.
- Proverbs 16:28
A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends.
- Proverbs 18:8
The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts.
- Proverbs 20:19
A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.
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