Gossip and Fashion
You can’t control what others say about you, but you can control what you say about others and what sort of picture to paint of them to others. Your mouth can either be used to build up or tear down but not both.
Helping someone and then tearing them down is not the life we’re called to. Sometimes we may feel the need to speak about someone‘s story and information, but we have to ask ourselves, ‘do I really need to say this?’ and also, ‘if they were standing right here, would I say this?’.
We have to stop discussing people and engaging in conversations that don’t add to us. None of us are that good and that wise to always get it right. But through the help of and submission to the Holy Spirit, we can be women who stop and think. Women who can be trusted with information.
Women who can be told really deep and personal things yet not treat others any less. Women who don’t need to brag about how many people we’ve prayed with and helped out this week, or how broken sister so-and-so was before we stepped in with our two verses of encouragement. Like really? We’re not that special at all. It’s the power of Christ through us, that allows anything we say or do to impact another’s life. So we shouldn’t take credit for it, no matter how anointed we are.
When someone is having a low moment and boldly decides to be vulnerable with you, are their words safe with you? Or does it become the topic for discussion and ‘prayer’? #ExamineYourself
Behind the pretty face, the laid edges and the modest outfits, if gossip is in our hearts and character, we’re not being godly or beautiful. This isn’t to condemn us, but to encourage and challenge us us all to truly examine if we’re living out the set apart live we claim to have in Christ.
Granted some things don’t change overnight. But we do have to make better choices. New nature = new way of doing life. So please, do pray for others, encourage, help your sister to see the love God has for her, but let it remain between you and God.
“A gossip goes around telling secrets, but those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence.” – Proverbs 11:1
“But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” – Matthew 6:3-4
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