Last Sunday, our sermon was on the subject of gossiping. You know, those stories that circulate in your community about someone that may or may not be accurate. The stories are either so funny or so juicy with details that you listen to them and possibly even spread them. If you have ever been on the receiving end of idle gossip, then you might think twice about talking about someone else. You are aware of how hurtful, untrue gossip can be, and you are mindful of the shame that can come, even when the gossip is true. Even is the story that is leaving your lips is true; you might want to ask yourself a few more questions before you decide to repeat it to someone else.
T.H.I.N.K. is an acronym for an action that you might want to remember before you open your mouth. Most of us need to think before we speak about everything, not just when talking about someone. I bet there is not a single person reading this who hasn’t regretted saying something in haste. The tongue is a powerful muscle to be so tiny. It can bring a grown man to tears, and unfortunately, it has even been the driving force behind some deaths. Bullying is an epidemic in schools, so teaching your child to T.H.I.N.K. before they speak is something that needs to happen.
- T – True
- H- Helpful
- I – Inspiring
- N- Necessary
- K – Kind
Are your words true? If you are not sure that the answer is yes, then don’t repeat what you might have heard. Even if the words are true; are they helpful? If the story isn’t helpful to anyone, then keep it to yourself. Maybe the story that you heard was inspiring. Then that is a story that needs to be repeated. The last two questions that you need to ask yourself are, is it necessary, and is it kind? If you feel a twinge of guilt when you repeat something that you heard, then I can guarantee that you did not T.H.I.N.K first.
29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
4 The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.
16 There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: 17haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, 19 a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
The tongue was a big problem in Biblical times, and it is a huge problem still. Go to Google and type in Bible verses about the tongue to see how big a problem I am talking about.
Words are something that once they leave your mouth, there is no getting them back. You can apologize for your remarks, and you might even be forgiven, but the words are still remembered.
This coming week, let’s all put a little effort into watching what words leave our mouths. I bet it might change your life and the life of others.
Have A Bless Day!