ATTITUDES TO DISALLOW AS A CHURCH MEMBER (2)
PROVERBS 16:28, 1 PETER 2:1
Yesterday I showed you the danger of getting yourself into telling lies against the man of God- as an attitude you need to run away from. I will continue today by showing you another negative attitude to disallow.
2. GOSSIP, SLANDER AND TALE BEARING
Don’t get yourself involved in gossip, slander and tale bearing against the church or the leadership. It’s not normal- it is lending your mouth and your vessel as a tool to the devil. Don’t join group of gossips and don’t yield your vessel as a medium to spread news, both true and untrue. Watch the discussions you are engaged in.
There is nothing that destroys unity among the brethren faster than gossip, slander and tale bearing. Gossips keep adding negativity to false stories as it moves from mouth to mouth; and it is usually born out of envy. This kind of situations makes brethren not to fellowship freely
To prevent this in your church, whenever anyone brings the story of a leader or a church member to you, hold the tale bearer by the hand and take the fellow to the individual she came to speak about and tell him/her to repeat the story. If he/she cannot repeat the whole story in the presence of the person concerned, you have just found someone who is destroying the work of God in your church. The Bible says in Romans 16:17 “mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.” Mark them and avoid them.
PRAYER: Lord, I repent of every way I have fallen short of this in the time past, I yield my member afresh to the building of the church in Jesus’ name. Amen.