Gossip and Slander

Recently I learned of a few people gossiping to destroy my reputation and character.

I prayed over Romans 12:9-21…

9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

and reflected on Paul Tripp’s recent tweet…

“If the righteousness of Christ allows me stand before a holy God utterly unafraid, why would I be haunted by what you think of me?” – Paul Tripp

Then I came home and listened to Mahalia Jackson’s song…

“Down here I’m talked about, lied upon, deceived a lot.
But I’m willing, oh so willing, a cross to bear…” (The Christian’s Testimony)

If gossip is the worst form of persecution for me here on earth, I guess I’ve really nothing to complain about.

“In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.” – Heb 12:4

P.S. Here are the full lyrics…”The Christian’s Testimony” by Mahalia Jackson. I couldn’t find the audio online but found Lynda Randle’s version of it. Take a listen…

What Destroys Churches Today

“I know what most easily destroys churches. It is not crack cocaine. It is not government oppression. It is not even lack of funds. Rather, it is gossip and slander that grieves the Holy Spirit.”

“Sin grieves the Holy Spirit and quenches his power among us. Without his blessing we miss out on what God has for us and wants us to be.”

– Jim Cymbala, Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire