Kind words are like honey, sweet to the soul and healthy for the body (Proverbs 16:24).
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The word either excites you or disgusts you.
Unfortunately, this word excites me. Gossip is thrilling, and it can be fun in the moment. But the truth is, gossip is really damaging.
Now, it’s hard for me to write about this because I’ll feel like a MAJOR hypocrite. The truth is, when I’m with a group of my best friends, it’s fun to gossip. Though I know it’s wrong, I still do it. And I think we all do, especially with girls. It’s almost feels like an obligation.
Lately I’ve been reading scripture that guides away from gossip, and here’s my favorite verse:
Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. (James 1:26)
This verse is perfect for me. I call myself a Christian but I don’t always act like one. Obviously we all sin, therefore we don’t always act like Christians, but there’s a thin line between sinning and flat out hypocrisy.
When I have moments where I realize that I’m gossiping, I’m overwhelmed with the urge to stop. Questions run through my mind, such as :
How would I feel if people were talking about me?
Do I really know them?
They’re my friend, why am I doing this?
When these questions run through my mind, I start feeling awful. I often want to stop. But y’all, stopping gossip is hard! I always fear that my friends will judge me, and in turn talk about me like they’re talking about others. And honestly, I would probably do the same if the roles were reversed.
I can’t really guide y’all on how to stop gossiping, because I’m still learning about it myself. But what I can give you is a scripture verse. Proverbs 16:24.
Okay so honestly, Solomon is an absolute genius. Comparing kindness to honey? That’s alluring in itself. But then saying kindness is healthy for your body and soul? That’s the best part.
The truth is, kindness is like honey. Being kind can feel amazing. It can give you better friendships, a better attitude, a better mindset, and people will trust you more.
Compare this to gossip which can damage friendships, cause your mindset and attitude to be awful, and will cause nobody to trust you.
Which do you want?
This week I challenge y’all to demonstrate kindness in all your actions, avoid gossip, and try to say no when you can’t avoid it. Know that I’m doing this with y’all!
Remember your words have the power to affect someone’s day.
I hope y’all liked this week’s post, please leave a comment if you have questions! I love you all 🙂