Thursday, December 17, 2015

Let your words be a testament

So as I have often said, most of my writings come from something I have experienced myself or have been made mention to in a conversation. That being said this one comes from a few conversations that I have been a part of. Now as the title tells I am going to be writing about a testament. Often times I have heard a preacher say let the words that flow from your mouths be a testament of who you are and who you worship.

Now pertaining to the conversations, it was just the opposite. Gossip and disdain was that which was flowing from the mouths of professed Christians. Lets dig a little deeper.

There is one Hebrew word rakil in the old testament and three Greek words in the new testament, psithurismos, phluarus, and diabolos. They all have the meaning of gossip, talebearer, slander, revealer of secrets, full of deceit, malicious, babble, busybodies, and filled with unrighteousness. Those are some pretty harsh words.

Most gossip begins with "Did you know...?" or "Have you heard about...?" It tells of peoples secrets, of false accusations, rumors or personal facts. What information has a legitimacy being passed on about others unless it comes from the one being talked about? Lets look further.

The bible defines it as a product of a corrupt mind 
Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient ;

They are used by wicked peopleJeremiah 6:28 They are all grievous revolters, walking with slanders: they are brass and iron; they are all corrupters.

It stirs up trouble
Jeremiah 9:4 Take ye heed everyone of his neighbor, and truest ye not in any brother, for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbor will walk with slanders.

It breaks relationships
Proverbs 11:9 A hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbor, but through knowledge shall the just be delivered. 
Proverbs 16:28 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

Causes anger
Proverbs 25:23 The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.

It is an epidemic among those that do not know God
Romans 1: 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
II Corinthians 12:20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:
II Timothy 3:3 Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

Gossip is a sin. It's contrary to what God says. It's destructive and divisive.   There is a old saying that goes like this.
"Simple people talk about other people.
Average people talk about things.
Wise people talk about ideas."

Women are certainly not the only ones that gossip. Anyone can engage in gossip just by revealing something told in confidence.
Proverbs 11:12, 13
12 He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace. 13 A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.

How should we respond to peoples gossip? When they begin to talk of others, or about situations? We should avoid it. We should change the subject. We should confront them and let them know if they are talking about a person, we should say it in front of them.  If this is happening in the church, then it should be brought before the pastor and the deacons and church discipline should occur.  See your not just hurting the ones that your talking about but the ones that are listening to you and you are hurting yourself. If you are a Christian you are not living a rightful testimony. You are not showing that person that may be listening to you a godly character. You are harming your testament each time you let the slanderous words come out of your mouth. You never know what kind of damage your doing to someone that is listening.  Please be aware of what conversation you participate in.  

Let your testament shine before the Lord. Let it win souls to the Lord. Let it be your greatest gift to someone that may be lost.

Peggy McCoyle
SAHWM and Homeschool Supporter

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

When you snub someone

We have all been through it. We have all seen it happen. We may have even participated in it.

What do we know about snubbing? Do we feel as though it isn't hurtful to the other person just because we don't say anything to them? Do you think your getting away with it?

The answer to theses questions are hard. But really they are not.
Snubbing is where you ignore, or spurn someone disdainfully. In other words you brush them off or give them the cold shoulder.

Just because you don't speak to some, doesn't mean you don't still hurt that person. Especially if you use to talk to that person. It hurts those people. Or makes them mad, or makes them to wonder what they have done to deserve such treatment.  You don't get away with it because the people you do this too see and feel it as well as those around them see the tension.

What does the bible say on the issue?

Nothing in particular to Snubbing. But it has much to say on rejection, which is a form of snubbing. You are rejecting to interact with someone.

Psalm 118:22 says The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. 

In other words, those that snub, reject, or refuse you will one day see you in a position that will make them to want to speak to you. Just as the workers cast this stone aside and didn't see it fit to be used, in reality it might be so important that it could be used at the very corner and become the most valuable stone that the whole structure would rest. 

So be careful of who you reject, or snub. You never know how important they may be in your lives.

My prayer is that you will grow and learn to be kind to all that come into your path.

Peggy McCoyle
SAHWM and Homeschool Supporter