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Topic: Gossip/Rumors (either or both) (10/28/10)
TITLE: The Strongman of Gossip is Slain
By Catherine Thomas-Dennis
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"Well sister Newborne, you and I are quite well, Praise God! I can not say the same for Sister Hope, Lord have mercy on her soul; I heard from a very good source that she has gotten herself pregnant and she is not married, can you believe it?" An upset Sister Heresis spoke between pausing and groaning at the other end of the line.
"What are you saying Sister Heresies, what source are you talking about, has Sister Hope told you this herself? Asked a very shocked sister Newborne.
"Why would she? I would be most ashamed if I got myself in such a way; declaring Christ and then falling from grace. A very good source told me, and I don't want to gossip but sister Lizza told me, she heard it from a very good source and I tend to believe her because she is a very strong believer," Sister Heresis responded in a very haughty matter of fact tone.
“Oh Sister Heresis, I can’t imagine what our Sister Hope must be going through and what she is feeling; perhaps we should call her and pray with her,” Said a very sympathetic Sister Newborne.
“Oh dear look at the time, I must be getting back to work; I am sorry to rush off like this Sister Newborne but I really must be going now. Take care of yourself and keep praying for sinners.” Sister Heresis stated as she hang up the phone with sister Newborne.
Sister Newborne then quickly dialed Sister Worshiper’s telephone number and was relieved to hear her voice on the other end.
“Sister Worshiper, I am so sorry to call you at this hour but I am afraid I must talk with you. I got a call from one of our Sister’s at church about another Sister, who she assumes might be pregnant and it does trouble me deeply that, as Christians how quickly we forget what Jesus Christ has done for us; not caring for each other as we should, we quickly judge and slander.”
“Sister Newborne I commend you, this is the attitude that Jesus Christ wants us to have for each other; one of love, compassion and forgiveness; let us pray for our Sister that God will give her strength; whether the situation is true or false, she is definitely under attacked and needs our prayers” An optimistic Sister Worshiper responded.
After praying for Sister Hope that whatever the situation God will give her strength; Sister Worshiper reminded Sister Newborne of some biblical scriptures that discusses gossiping in more details.
“My ister do you have a pen and paper handy? These scriptures will certainly help to shine some light on gossiping through God’s word in the bible.”
“Some scriptures you can look into are; Gossiping is as sinful as murder and will suffer the same consequences unless there is repentance (Rom. 1:32), those who gossip and slander are not in right fellowship with God (Rom. 1:28-32), those who gossip rarely get answers to prayer, and often face persistent, unexplainable problems (Psalms 66:18, Prov. 21:23, Prov. 6:12-15)”
“There are ways to avoid giving into the strongman of gossiping also; Avoid association with persons who gossip (Prov. 20:19), if you can’t say something good or encouraging about others, then keep your mouth shut (Eph. 4:29).”
“Sister Worshiper I truly bless God for you, I do feel so much better; I really want to be an obedient child of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and being a new believer there is so much I do have to learn and I am so fortunate and grateful that you are my mentor in Christ; I thank you for these scriptures and I will definitely dig further into the word on the sin of gossiping,” An uplifted sister Newborne replied.
“Sister Newborne you are most welcome; no need to thank me, as I have to make myself available to do the Lords work as often as he would have me do; God bless you my sister and see you in church,” Sister Worshiper responded as they both said their goodbyes.
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