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  1. When we pass on an "interesting" detail about someone else, how can we be sure it is the exact truth? And when these details are negative, they can destroy a person's reputation and effectiveness. I think we may not take this seriously enough because it is common in our society. It's so prevalent in the popular media that we may come to accept it as "normal." I think we may all have been guilty of this, but this is a good time to turn over a new leaf and let our words be seasoned with the kind of love described in 1 Cor 13:4-8.

    William's title is not the first to equate gossip with cannibalism. A wise woman had this to say about the habit of criticizing others more than 100 years ago:

    The teacher can do much to discourage that evil habit, the curse of the community, the neighborhood, and the home—the habit of backbiting, gossip, ungenerous criticism. In this no pains should be spared. Impress upon the students the fact that this habit reveals a lack of culture and refinement and of true goodness of heart; it unfits one both for the society of the truly cultured and refined in this world and for association with the holy ones of heaven.

    We think with horror of the cannibal who feasts on the still warm and trembling flesh of his victim; but are the results of even this practice more terrible than are the agony and ruin caused by misrepresenting motive, blackening reputation, dissecting character? Let the children, and the youth as well, learn what God says about these things:

    “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Proverbs 18:21.

    In Scripture, backbiters are classed with “haters of God,” with “inventors of evil things,” with those who are “without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful,” “full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity.” It is “the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death.” Romans 1:30, 31, 29, 32. He whom God accounts a citizen of Zion is he that “speaketh the truth in his heart;” “that backbiteth not with his tongue,” “nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbor.” Psalm 15:2, 3. (Ellen White, Education, p. 29)

    Amen!(14)
  2. Not enough comments on this topic right? seems like you've hit a raw nerve...
    but whether we like it here or not
    what you've said in this post is the pure unalloyed truth and we're guilty as charged I pray that God heal us of this 'sweet' morsel of the Devil
    individually to become presentable unto him without spots and blemishes

    Amen!(10)
  3. Judgement begins in GOD'S house,so let's be prayerful in seeking the LORD's guidance on any issue regarding our faith in order to avoid falling into the trap of the enemy as in 2Chronicles chapter 18 and 2Thessalonians2:11.

    Amen!(0)
  4. Yep! Guilty as charged. Searching my mind to see who I have gossiped about lately. May God help us to stay alert against this sin. Thanks William and Inga.

    Amen!(3)
  5. If the one who spreads gossip about another realized that one day they will face the King of the Universe and answer for their destructive work, their hearts might be changed. If they understood whom they were serving—that is, the Devil—in their mission to undermine another, perhaps they would quake with fear as they beheld their master and realized that they were speaking and acting for him.

    Every act that we perform and every word that we speak should be a blessing and not a curse to others. The King of the Universe, who came to this earth as a man, and lived in the humblest of circumstances, washed the feet of (that is, served for his good) the one who chose to betray him in hope of his repentance and redemption. Think of the impact our lives would have if we would choose to do likewise for those with whom we disagreed and disliked.

    Amen!(3)
  6. I'm in shock after reading I'm a cannable. God knew I needed to read this today, gossiping has been a long and nasty struggle. Thankyou William and Inge for your God given words. I praise Him for he is good and his mercy never fails.

    Amen!(3)

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