I totally judged someone as a thief and I have to apologize for it! I judged that the possums or raccoons were the thief’s who were stealing my garbage and leaving a mess on the porch! This morning, the truth was out! I caught Mr. Squirrel red-handed! Busted!
Two things were stressed in our home, don’t judge people, and the thing that would get my bottom spanked, would be repeating something I was not supposed to repeat. And to talk about a member of the congregation would almost call for the death penalty, and most of all we had to keep peace in the family! If the infraction was between me and one of my siblings we would generally get to hear this scripture: Proverbs 6:16-19 Here are six things God hates, and one more that he loathes with a passion: eyes that are arrogant, a tongue that lies, hands that murder the innocent, a heart that hatches evil plots, feet that race down a wicked track, a mouth that lies under oath, a troublemaker in the family. The last line in the King James Version reads, “He that sows discord among his brothers.” I think it is clear from this passage that we should guard our lips from speaking unwisely. Proverbs 17:9 He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends. Another old saying is that you don’t have something good to say, don’t say anything at all.
There is so much gossip in the news, so many accusations being leveled against politicians, people in the entertainment industry and the ordinary person in our neighborhood. While so many people are saying bad things why don’t you and I promote peace and love by saying kind words?
Merry Christmas, spread love, not gossip!