Everyone remember the television show Murder She Wrote? It usually was about a murder case in which need to be solved by a keen detective. In the show the police suspect the innocent person and the person who actually committed the crime is exposed by the star actor.
Murder we seem to take so easy as if it is nothing in some ways and in others to extreme. It is time to be the detective and recognize crime. It is time to check ourselves to make sure we are not the suspects. There are several murders around us everyday. It is in the form of gossip and slander. A gossiper is a person who has privileged information about people and proceeds to reveal that information to those who have no business knowing it. Gossip is often placed in with other sins in which we all teach about but never considered gossip as murder. Gossip is idle talk or rumors. It is usually about the personal or private affairs of others. It forms one of the oldest and most common means of sharing unproven facts and views. It also has a reputation for the introduction of errors and other variations into the information transmitted. Have you ever played the game of whispering a statement in the ear of someone sitting next to you and they in turn do the same? By the time it reaches the last person in the room, it has changed into something in which people “thought” they heard or added to the story. How does this relate to gossip or does it?
Gossip is distinguished from sharing information in two ways. The first is intent. Gossipers often have the goal of building themselves up by making others look bad and exalting themselves as some kind of repositories of knowledge. The second is the type of information shared. Gossipers speak of the faults and failings of others, or reveal potentially embarrassing or shameful details regarding the lives of others without their knowledge or approval in order to pull others down to their level. Even if they mean no harm, it is still gossip. There are several reasons why people commit this crime. On a personal level it reverts back to self with pride, bitterness, hostility, anger, resentment, and low self-esteem. It could also be just to be accepted by a group in peer influence. It is a result of a heart issue and reveals the true nature of sin out of control.
There are consequences to this type of murder. The reason people gossip or slander someone is to hurt. They try to murder the reputation or even referred to as character assassination. The one who is spoken against can receive hurt or pain, embarrassment, damage to their character or reputation. It can be destructive and cause division. If we take a closer look the rabbis in the Old Testament and the writers of the New Testament consider gossip or slander as murder. True, words may not physically kill anyone but it is still murder. Ruining a good name can have lasting effects for generations to come.
Gossip is part of the sinful nature in which everyone is born with yet it can be conquered through developing the love of Jesus Christ. If you recognize this is part of your daily habits, it can be changed. As a person seeks Jesus Christ and His nature to live for Him the results will be that of good fruit. To overcome our own passions, requires more steady management, than obtaining victory over an enemy. Don’t be a guest star that commits the crime on Murder She Wrote but know who you are as a believer, be a crime stopper and be a star in the Lambs Book of Life.
Prayer: Father I pray your Spirit convicts us all every time we fall prey to our sinful nature when it comes to our conversation. Help us to have your mercy and compassion along with patience in dealing with the sin of gossip or slander. Let only good fruit proceed from my mouth; let my seeds be of sweetness. In Jesus Name.
Ephesians 4:29;31 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers… Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
1 Peter 3:10;16 Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech…keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
1 Peter 4:11 If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.
Proverbs 16:28 A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends.