As women, we are stereotypically accused of gossiping, a fact that we should not only abhor, but we should also work diligently to counteract. As I discussed in an earlier article about gossip, it is one of the most damaging elements in our culture, emotionally harming thousands of people. We should not only work to break our own habit of criticizing or fault-finding talk, but we should also be learyWhat a world of gossip would be prevented, if only we realized that a person who tells you the faults of others intends to tell others your faults as well!
“Humble yourselves [feeling very insignificant] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up and make your lives significant]. [My] brethren, do not speak evil about or accuse one another. He that maligns a brother or judges his brother is maligning and criticizing the Law and judging the Law. But if you judge the Law, you are not a practicer of the Law but a censor and judge [of it]. One only is the Lawgiver and Judge Who is able to save and to destroy [the One Who has the absolute power of life and death]. [But you] who are you that [you presume to] pass judgment on your neighbor? Come now, you who say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a city and spend a year there and carry on our business and make money. Yet you do not know [the least thing] about what may happen tomorrow. What is the nature of your life? You are [really] but a wisp of vapor (a puff of smoke, a mist) that is visible for a little while and then disappears [into thin air].” (James 4:10-14 AMP)
The Lord listens to our prayers, and He listens to our words. Do not let your words hinder what work your prayer does. As women of honor and dignity, we should strive to keep our words humble and uplifting. The thing is that if you see other Christians acting in ways you see as disobedient, you may ask them about it, but you may not judge them for it. We don’t see the whole picture, and we do not know the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Let us rather foster grace in our relationships so that we might be quick to forgive. The one who is the first to condemn is often the last to forgive.
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