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Topic: Gossip/Rumors (either or both) (10/28/10)
TITLE: Better Left Unspoken
By Shannon Parker
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How could those who love me, speak words so unkind?
I didn’t want to believe it, nor did I want to hear,
But a “friend” of mine just had to spill these words into my ear.
So and so, said such and such about you today.
I wanted you to know so you could think of what to say.
Not knowing in her heart, my “friend” was damaging me more.
Not realizing the words that were said would be so hard to endure.
I could take these things and confront all of those who said or even heard.
In fact I could show them all how much these “words” really hurt.
What good could come from approaching them to justify untruth?
Yes, its hard and it hurts, but what good would it do?
Could I feel better letting them know how wrong they truly are?
Could I feel better if after confronting them, they step back, and look within their hearts?
What if instead of doing that, I choose to love them even more instead?
What if the kindness dealt to them got inside their head?
If inside their heads, it might trickle down into their hearts
Then the words that have been said would echo in their thoughts.
What if I choose to honor truth, that God’s word reveals to me
And choose to let the rumors crumble as love sets them free.
I have to know that His word is true above all said and done.
I have to choose to let not my wrath, go down with the sun.
I’m sure, if we allow, the Holy Spirit to lead our way
We would not forget how Christ endured all the things “people” had to say.
He knew they schemed and had loose lips when He was not around.
He chose compassion and loved them more without tearing them down.
That’s what I choose in all of this we call “normal” for this day.
Pray for them, and love them more as He leads their way.
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