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Gossip Girl - She Seeks - Week of March 10

  • 2014 Mar 10
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{Gossip Girl}
an inspirational entry on chit-chat

gos·sip
noun. idle talk or rumor, especially about the personal or private affairs of others

We hadn't seen each other in a few weeks. I was excited to catch up on my friend's life. Arriving at the restaurant we hugged, took our seats, and ordered some sweet tea. Immediately, we dug into the previous month's events.

A few minutes into our catch-up session a person's name {who I didn't care for} came up. My friend told me a story that made me dislike this person even more. I then told my friend a story about this same person that made her dislike them more too.

And so our conversation went ...

When I left the restaurant, there was a sick feeling inside me. My thoughts wandered around our conversation and I felt deeply convicted it'd been nothing but idle talk. The crazy thing was, in the midst of the conversation, I didn't even realize what was happening. I thought I was just catching up with an old friend, but I had slipped up big time.

As I've been allowing God's Truth to shape my character, I've begun to understand how my slip-ups {read: sin} separate me further away from Him. One of the greatest deceptions of sin is that we often don't realize what we've done until it's too late. But thankfully God is always willing to forgive us and empower us to become stronger in Him.

So how should we handle conversations like these?

Preventing idle talk is one of the greatest ways to not get caught up in it. Some days I have to consciously say to myself, "I don't want to dishonor anyone with my words today." I've asked God to make me aware of conversations that don't bring honor. {Proverbs 13:3}

Another way we can handle gossip-centered conversations is ignoring them. Just because we've heard the latest juicy scoop doesn't mean we have to continue to spread it. {Proverbs 11:13}

Lastly, confronting gossip is important. If we really have an issue with a friend, we should go directly to that person. It takes more courage to confront someone than it does to ignore him or her. If something's bothering us, we should deal with it with the right person. {Matthew 18:15}

I'm still working through this. I felt horrible for how my conversation went that day at the restaurant. But, I'm challenged to prevent, ignore or confront conversations like these. I don't want to be a gossip girl.

What about you? I'll be around all week to keep discussing gossip with you in the comments.

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Stronger by Hillsong

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