My Big Fat Mouth – GossipAugust 30, 2020
BIG MOVE: Speak to the , not to the .
- the depravity of gossip.
2. the temptation.
John Piper, “I think this is why gossip is so delicious, why it tastes so good. It’s because it feeds pride, which is endlessly hungry. You got the news first. You get to tell somebody else before anybody else can tell them. In the chain of gossip, you have become center stage for a moment. You got the news. You give the news. Aren’t you something? So I conclude that the key to not being a gossiper is humility — humility that doesn’t need prominence. You have a deep, humble contentment in God, and you don’t need to feed your craving ego with delicious morsels of being the first to hear and the first to tell the juicy bit of gossip.”
“I don’t have ears for that.”
3. to talk to the face when desiring good.
Careful biblical process:
STEP ONE: Try to overlook. Proverbs 19:11
STEP TWO: Tell the person their fault. Matthew 18:15 Proverbs 27:5
STEP THREE: Engage in conversation to arrive at the truth. Proverbs 18:17
STEP FOUR: Include more people if needed.
STEP FIVE: Strive for peace. Romans 12:18