Daily Read - 2 Kings 18:13-19:37; Acts 21:1-17; Psalm 149:1-9; Proverbs 18:8
The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles,
And they go down into the inmost body.
Oh, how the flesh loves the taste of dainty morsels of gossip and slander. It gorges itself upon the ruin of others while forgetting it could be the next meal.
As one feeds on the rebellious murmurings of a talebearer, a spiritual phenomenon takes place. Their words transform from a tasty treat into treacherous treason as it enters and finds its way into the depths of the soul.
No longer does idle talk translate into harmless chatter, but turns into something much more sinister because the soul becomes infected with decay unless stopped and washed in the cleansing blood of Christ. If we continue listening to slander and gossip, and baseless rumors, than we most certainly will give an account. Giving ear to these things actually makes one an accomplice and active participant.
Angels not only stand guard by our side, but they record every word that flows out from the issues of our heart. Do we really want some of the words we have spoken to be a permanent record in heaven? I think not. Do we really want these words penetrating into the innermost parts of our soul taking up space? Absolutely not!
So, what can we do about it? We can start by repenting to our merciful and forgiving Jesus. In a moment, He will bring deliverance to all areas of our heart cleansing each with His precious and redeeming blood. The Lord will even change our cravings causing us to hunger for wholesome, Godly conversation over vain and malicious murmurings.
There is a menu presented to us daily. Will we choose the blue-plate special with all of its heart clogging ingredients, or will we choose to eat from His banqueting table?
Let us choose His feast. He already paid the bill!