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UNFILTERED || Week 2 - Gossip

Proverbs 18.8 CEV

There's nothing so delicious as the taste of gossip! It melts in your mouth.

Matthew 12:34

“Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”

The only time people dislike gossip is when you gossip about them. ~ Will Rogers

Micah 6.3-4 NIV

I brought you up out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery. I sent Moses to lead you, also Aaron and Miriam.

Exodus 15:19-20 NIV

...Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrels and dancing.

Numbers 12.1-2 NIV

Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses…(They said) “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses? Hasn’t he also spoken through us?” And the Lord heard this.

Numbers 12.4-5 NIV

At once the Lord said to Moses, Aaron and Miriam, “Come out to the tent of meeting, all three of you.” Then the Lord came down in a pillar of cloud...and summoned Aaron and Miriam...the two of them stepped forward…

Numbers 12.14-15 NIV

“If her (Miriam’s)father had spit in her face, would she not have been in disgrace for seven days? ...So Miriam was confined outside the camp for seven days, and the people did not move on till she was brought back.

Numbers 20.1 NIV

In the first month the whole Israelite community arrived at the Desert of Zin...There Miriam died and was buried.

1 - People avoid the Gossiper

Proverbs 20.19

A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much.

“Gossip is saying behind their back what you would not say to their face. Flattery is saying to their face what you would not say behind their back.”

Whoever gossips to you, will gossip about you.”~ Spanish Proverb

2 - The Gossiper will become a victim

Proverbs 26.27 NLT

If you set a trap for others, you will get caught in it yourself. If you roll a boulder down on others, it will crush you instead.

Gossip goes around the world before the truth gets out of bed

3 - The Gossiper will never have close friends

Proverbs 26:20

“Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; And where there is no talebearer (Gossiper), strife ceases.”

Proverbs 16:28

“A whisperer (Gossip) separates the best of friends.”

4 - The Gossipers’ heart becomes cynical

Matthew 12:34

“Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”

T--Is it true?

Everything said should be true but not everything true has to be said

Not if you “Think it’s true”

H--Is it helpful?

How will it help the person you’re talking about/listener

I--Is it inspiring?

What will that information encourage someone else to do

N--Is it necessary?

Does that person really need to know this

K--Is it kind?

Would you want Someone else to say that about you

Psalm 15.1-5 NLT

Those who refuse to gossip or speak evil of their friends.

and keep their promises even when it hurts.

Such people will stand firm forever.