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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sunday Quote - Gossip - Day 82

“I don't at all like knowing what people say of me behind my back. It makes me far too conceited.” - Oscar Wilde
“The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.” - Oscar Wilde

The internet is full of gossip. No matter who you are you'll have haters. (Speaking of which, I NEED HATERS! Just sayin'.. Jest, I know you're out there. *love you guys* Just don't you dare comment, I hate angry comments. Irony.)

Psalm 37:30 - The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks what is just.
Psalm 101:5 - Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret, him will I put to silence; whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart, him will I not endure.

People feel that when they type on the internet behind their computer screens that they are safe. They can speak their mind. (Which is one thing that I appreciate. Seeing that I'm doing that exact thing as we speak.) But does that call on you to utter slanderous sayings?

No.

The internet has helped breed a bunch of fools and perverts who are very loud about proclaiming that's what they are. Sadly. (Augh, are my words foolish?) Children who were never taught by their parents civility and manners have grown up and become mean spirited, angry, and gossiping adults.

“Who gossips with you will gossip of you” - Irish Sayings quotes

If you're going to be part of gossip either in person or on the internet just expect to get back stabbed. When you're around back stabbers, guess what happens, back stabbing.

Amazing Conundrum.

Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas any more. - Wizard of Oz

I liked these quotes today. :-)

And as a last note. Everyone is susceptible to gossip. It's easy to do. It may feel harmless. But it's evil and a sad part of the internet. I'd spent some of the day thinking of things that the internet has helped us with and how it has harmed us. And this topic of gossip really came to mind in ways that it has harmed us. Now you can spread your gossip all over the place. (Now your waste is all over the place, and let me tell you. It smells awful)

And finally.

Mark 12:28-31 Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving[d] that He had answered them well, asked Him, “Which is the first commandment of all?” Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one. And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’[e] This is the first commandment.[f] And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’[g] There is no other commandment greater than these.”

1 Corinthians 13 - Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

My personal opinion is it may be best to shut your trap (or quit typing) unless you're going to be loving your neighbor, i.e. the person you're talking about. (There are so many things to talk about, rather then someone else's life. If that's all you have to talk about get a life.) And it should generally be said in a spirit of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Do I follow this perfectly? No. I'm a person who can literally talk all day long. And I won't ever reach perfection in this life. But am I striving each day to become this person? Yes. With God's help I will grow closer to him.

Wow this got long. :-) Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. I post every day, so what I say is not always the best thought out. If you dare. ;-)

(I'll be talking about addressing people's faults in my next post.)

Picture of the day #82:

1 comments:

Brytni Jade said...

AMEN! You are most definitely right about gossiping. Our Lord detested it utterly. Shame on us when we are doing such a disgraceful thing as speaking ill of others, and ruining their reputation! Lord help us to turn aside from such a wicked sin! Thank you for posting such a relevant and convicting/confronting article!
*Pr 25:23 The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.*