A Prayer for Righteous Speech
By John North
“Do not let any unwholesome speak come out of your mouths, but only what is valuable for constructing other folks up according to their requirements, that it may perhaps advantage these who listen.” – Ephesians four:29
God hates gossip!
Appear at the list of sins he puts gossip into. It is there alongside “haters of God” and “inventors of evil” and “malice”. Gossip is immensely destructive. When you speak about a person to a person else, in a damaging way—even if what you are saying is true—you are sinning against God, and you are hurting the particular person you are speaking about, and you are hurting oneself.
Gossiping about other folks damages your personal credibility. It also damages the connection amongst them and the particular person you are speaking to, and it hurts the particular person you are speaking about. Gossip may perhaps make you really feel superior about some thing that irritates you about a person, but in the lengthy run gossip hurts every person.
God desires you to know that he is offended when you gossip about a person.
Heavenly Lord, may perhaps the words of our mouth and the actions of our heart reflect only the grace you have demonstrated to all mankind. Our words have the energy to harm and to heal. Anytime we speak, let us demonstrate the gentleness and charity you showed to all. Amen.
*Editor’s Note: The following is an abridged version of the April 24th Time With God by John North. To study the complete devotional, follow this hyperlink.
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