Mouth on Fire: Gossip

Mouth on Fire – Gossip

Jan. 24, 2021 

This ONE THING changes the course of your life 

James 3:2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. 

Words are disproportionate in effect  

Ask to understand  

If you can change your circumstance, do something  

If you can’t change your circumstances, change your perspective  

“God what are you doing in the unchangeable?” 

Spiritual Discipline of Attentiveness  

Proverbs 16:28 A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends 


Gossip: sharing negative information when you are not a part of the problem or the solution  

Slander: sharing true information with the design to hurt  

Proverbs 18:8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts. 

Desire for Respect (Sherlock Knows)  

Lack of Self-Control (Olympic Lips)  

PR 10:19 When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise 

Strategic Maneuver (Photo-shopper 

Proverbs 18:17 The first to plead his case seems right, Until another comes and examines him 

Biblical Cures?  

Face to Face  

Matt. 18:15 If your brother or sister sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. 

Proverbs 26:17 Like one who seizes a dog by the ears  is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his own. 

Quietly Pray 

Proverbs 10:19 Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues 

Keep Secrets  

Proverbs 11:13 A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret. 

Stop the Gossiper  

Proverbs 17:4 Wrongdoers eagerly listen to gossip; liars pay close attention to slander. 

Apologize for Words  

I will not share a bad report about someone to others who are not a part of the problem or a part of the solution 

PS 141:3 Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips