Let him without sin cast the first stone. John 8:7
Jesus faced a mob ready to execute a woman caught committing adultery. He put a stop to it with a simple challenge: anyone who has no sin in their life should step forward and throw the first stone. This story is often used as a reminder to not judge others when you have faults in your life that need to be addressed.
We’ve all done it, and still do it. Gossip. If we’re being honest we all love a good juicy story and often we don’t care if it’s true or not…but BEWARE: Gossip can turn a pleasant workplace into a war zone.
The definition of Gossip is: idle talk or rumor, especially about the personal or private affairs of others: I recently ran across this poem about Gossip. It’s something to think about it the next time you are tempted to spill the tea or sip it.
My name is Gossip. I have no respect for justice. I maim without killing. I break hearts and ruin lives.
I am cunning and malicious and gather strength with age. The more I am quoted the more I am believed.
My victims are helpless. They cannot protect themselves against me because I have no name and no face.
To track me down is impossible. The harder you try, the more elusive I become. I am nobody’s friend.
Once I tarnish a reputation, it is never the same. I topple governments and wreck marriages. I ruin careers and cause sleepless nights, heartaches and indigestion.I make innocent people cry in their pillows.
Even my name hisses. I am called Gossip.
I make headlines and headaches.
Before you repeat a story, ask yourself: Is it true? Is it harmless? Is it necessary? If it isn’t, don’t repeat it..