Living in the Word – Prayer Devotional for Gossip
Gossip is spreading, revealing, or reporting personal or sensational facts about others. It’s judgmental and usually cruel in nature.
So why does it happen?
Because of our own insecurities and lack of self-esteem.
In an attempt to make ourselves look better we talk negatively about someone else. Males are not void of self-esteem issues and thus gossiping, but this is a much more prevalent focus for women. And it sadly starts at a young age. Girls and women will pick each other apart because that is what a person with low self-esteem does to themselves. The other person’s clothes, size, beauty, personality characteristics. Each area that gets picked on by someone is generally the exact area that they dislike or feel uncomfortable about themselves.
Women who have comfort in who they are take the time to build up other people. They don’t feel like they are competing in whatever imaginary contest other women may focus on.
Ridding gossip from your life is freeing and allows love, kindness, and goodness to enter your heart and be blessed onto others. Removing gossip requires self-control to restrain the behavioral response to talk about someone else. But for gossip to truly be out of your life it will require focusing on your own self-esteem and understanding you are loved and worthy, just as you are, by God!
Take the time to read the below bible scriptures and truly focus on what they are saying to you. Some passages may touch you differently than others. Writing down the verses in your own hand is helpful for some individuals. Possibly looking up the verses in your own bible may be beneficial. I use a NIV bible translation. Or reading them over and over to commit to memory. Whatever method works best for you to experience God’s words and feel closer to Him.
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord my Rock and my Redeemer.
Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.
Listen, for I have worthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right. My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness. All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, buy only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
My dear bothers, take note of this; Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.
When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.
Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed. A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his tongue. A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.
Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down.
I sincerely pray that these verses meet you where you are and help you to see that gossiping about others hurts not only them but you as well. Tearing others down will not build you up in anyone else’s eyes.