“You Talk Too Much” By Cleo Dailey III (Modernday Lazurus)
“But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters…” – 1 Peter 4:15
“I heard that she has three kids by two different men.”
“I heard he went to jail.”
“They said that you shouldn’t talk to them…”
So much of our society is wrapped around rumor. Talk show hosts have been replaced with gossip columnist, and most of reality TV is perpetuated by heresy and foolery. We find some of the most insane reasons to gossip around the water cooler at work, and we make sure that our phones have unlimited data so that we can be sure to text, talk, and Facebook our “good tea” of the day. We are a culture that loves other people’s business!
1 Peter touches on the subject so eloquently. He spoke about what is honorable, then what is shameful, then again what is honorable. He did this because as the leader of the disciples and one who had several run-ins with his words, he knew the power of what we say. In this end time letter, Peter exhorts us. Be all that you can be. Even find pleasure in the times when you are persecuted for the sake of Christ. But of all things, he begs us that we not be busybodies in other men’s matters.
Consider one rumor. Consider the time it takes to get it fully explained. Consider the time used to mull it over, dissect it, and then pass it on to others. If that happens with one word of gossip, imagine the amount of time we spend daily on useless banter. What could be accomplished, had we closed our mouths and opened our hearts to the brilliant act of being godly?
Proverbs 6:16-19 speaks of six abominations. The Lord HATES these things…and mentioned last is “speaking lies and sowing discord among the brethren.” The Lord doesn’t frown on it, He HATES when we do it. God is looking for a people He can trust with the mysteries of the Kingdom. How can He trust us with that, if we can’t be trusted with guarding our Gates of gossip and foolishness? Consider your ways…