Thursday, September 4, 2008

Talebearing



I remember listening to this teaching when The Captain was going through the Book of Leviticus.
I thought it was an amazing teaching and can't believe Jon was able to put it so succinctly and briefly. So, without further ado, the September 3rd entry from Jon Courson's A Pillar By Day:

Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the Lord. Leviticus 19:16

A talebearer hurts three people: the person he talks about, the person he talks to, and himself.
First, in a very real sense, people are who we say they are, regardless of whether what we say is true. People will either be lifted up or put down in the estimation of others by what we say about them. Jesus draws a direct parallel between murder and the tongue because we have the power to kill another person's reputation with our words (Matthew 5:21-22).

Second, telling tales, or gossiping hurts the person who listens because it affects the way he or she will view the person being talked about. Finally, gossip hurts the talebearer himself because every time we gossip, we become smaller and smaller. As has been wisely said, great minds talk about ideas or ideals; good minds about events; small minds about people. In which company are you?


3 comments:

Andrea Bell said...

This is so VERY true, and is something I have been guilty of too many times!!!

I have heard that from Jon before and it is always good to be reminded again, because, well, life happens and things get forgotten.

Thank you for the reminder:)

Kim said...

Good one Miss Lainie! I am guilty of this as well and treasure a reminder from my friend. I will try to talk about ideas and ideals instead of other people more often! You're the best sweetie.

Auntie said...

This is exactly what has been going on at the workplace. A very good reminder to stay strong and not fall into the middle of it all, as I've had tendency to do at times. But as I grow closer to the Lord he has been removing those tendencies. Thank you!

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