September 19, 2010

Gossiping And Backbiting By Brother Shelton

    Today is a time when a lot of things are going on. From people being killed to banks being robbed to children being beaten up to couples just living together, if you look hard enough and know enough people I am sure that you will see something that you think that everyone should know about or you just want to tell a close friend so they will know. That is called gossiping and in some cases backbiting.

    It has been said that, “We should say nothing of a person in his absence that we are not willing to say if he were present.” How few of us govern our conversation according to this rule. There is a very small poem that say’s, “Guard well thy tongue –It stretches far; For what you say, tells what you are.” You know that if you talk bad about someone then most likely you are judging them and you should not do that to anyone. In chapter 7 in the book of Matthew  verses 1-6, it says, 1"Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.  3Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.  6Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.” You see you may tell your friend one thing, but when they tell someone else they will add something about you and the further the story goes, the bigger and worse it gets.

    You see also in Matthew chapter 5 verse 13 it say’s, “Ye are the salt of the earth; But if the salt has  lost it’s savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing , but to be cast out and to be trodden under foot of man.” So you see you are considered important in this world to man and to God, so you should watch what you do and what you say. For someone may be counting on you to show them the right way to that go in life. Not only by doing but by words. You see we are in a spiritual war with a deadly foe tracking us ever hour of the day. We need to be in the best shape possible to cope with the darts and arrows he hurls our way. Flabby, overindulged, pampered, Christians just don’t have stamina to fight this battle. Thus the Lord puts us on a spiritual treadmill every now and then to keep us in good fighting condition and sometimes it is to try your faith. You see if you see someone doing or  saying something wrong, you should not go to your closest friend and tell them, but take the person who said or did it off to the side alone and with a very friendly composure, tell them that what just happened or said was wrong and do not judge them or tell anyone. If you do, you sin as much as they do. In the book of Luke chapter 17 verse, 1—4, Jesus said to His disciples, “Things that causes people to sin are bound to come , but woe to that person through whom they come . It would be better for him to that be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. So watch yourselves, If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you says, “I repent”, forgive him. You see he will have to answer for his sins just like you. That is why you must walk close with him every day and talk with him every day.

    You see I thought you might like to think about this. “Across the fields of yesterday, He sometimes comes to me, A little lad just back from play. The boy I used to be. He smiles at me so wistfully, when once He’s crept within, it is as though he’d hoped to see, the man I might have been.” You see no one is perfect in life but we must not stop trying. I also found this poem that I thought you might like called “Divine Power”.
With his love,
Brother Shelton

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