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Seeking Wisdom, Day 10 – Gossiping Hurts

February 11, 2016

Solomon never could have imagined how wide-spread gossiping would become, for who could have imagined the internet with the gossip people could spread about each other. Ouch! It hurts.

Gossip is mischievous or idle talk about the affairs of others. The internet can make the affairs of others widely public, but word-of-mouth can do great harm. During the early ’40s, amid WW2, I remember hearing the precaution, “Loose lips sink ships.”  Then, as always, it was necessary to keep military affairs secret. During an election cycle all ears are open and all mouths wide. Who did what? Where? When? Why?

This is the Chinese New Year, the year of the monkey. Monkeys are clever animals. Once I opened a package of Cracker Jacks, quickly removing the tasteless contents to find the little prize at the bottom. It was a little representation of three monkeys sitting on a log. One had its fingers pressed to its eyes, another pressed its fingers to its ears, and the third covered his lips. I was disappointed, until my Grandmother told me what it meant. “See no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil,” she said. “Those little monkeys will remind you.” So I kept that prize. Monkeys are clever animals.

It is wise to keep your mouth shut, for you can’t believe everything you hear or see. Proverbs 10: 19 reminds us too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut. But there is much evil in our world. We can see it and hear it and try to stop it, or at least not add to it. There are lies, promises broken, history misunderstood. We resist evil by speaking only truth. Gossip meant to malign is evil and can be dangerous.

Solomon continues, “It is foolish to belittle one’s neighbors; a sensible person keeps quiet.” (Proverbs 11:12)

Today I pray, “Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.”

 

 

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