The Bible is very blunt about gossip and slander, condemning them at every turn. They are included on several New Testament lists of bad behavior. But they are so easy to let slip! What do we do?
Resentment! How dangerous is it? Is there a way to prevent resentment within us? Resentment is a potentially lethal evil that can cause great harm inwardly and toward others. It has the power to enslave us to the past. When we resent people, we give them power over us. Resentment is based on a way of thinking that suggests, I have been wronged or deserve better. It comes from an entitlement or victim-type mentality and it leads to bitterness. How do we avoid this sinful state? How can resentment lead to death?
Gossip – it is an integral part of our society and has been a constant in the history of humanity since the beginning of recorded history. If gossip is such a staple to society, doesn’t it seem reasonable that there must be something redeemable about it? By the way, did you hear what happened to… Aw, c’mon, did you really think we were gonna go there? Gossip – what is it? How does it work? Is there ever a time or place when gossip is a good thing? Stay with us – this is gonna be juicy!!
After talking about complaining last week, it makes sense to look at the flip side – how to communicate - for good and positive reasons that is! What makes a great communicator? Is it charisma? Is it your words? Your message? What about body language? Where does passion fit? What made Jesus such a master at drawing people? Does the Bible define communication the same way we do today?