Thursday, August 9

Shut the Trap

today's reading.
Proverbs 6:16-191 Timothy 5:13   There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him...

the blog.
Some of the biggest hurts in my life are the result of gossip--words directed at me or about me from others and, yes, even my own words about someone else foolishly spoken. 

Nothing good comes from gossiping. Yet, it's a huge temptation, and one of the things that makes it so difficult to control and deal with is that it just seems to come naturally to us. I think that's why my mom used to tell me "If you can't say something nice, don't say it at all." 

So give some thought to overcoming gossip. What are some protections you can put in place to keep yourself from speaking words of gossip? What about those situations where someone else initiates gossip? How might you respond then? Tami W. 

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