Saturday, February 05, 2005

I have a heavy heart


It's such a destructive force, you can never tell where the truth lay amongst the lies. And it leaves that little seed of doubt behind, that worms it's way into your brain and whispers softly in your ear.

Nasty. Until recently I was blissfully unaware of some of the things going on around me, or should I say supposed things. Now that I have heard some of it I feel dirty like somehow I'm involved. I fear for our church community, it makes me really sad. My heart is heavy. Ignorance really is bliss.

"Like one who seizes a dog by the ears is a passer-by who meddles in a
quarrel not his own.
Like a madman shooting firebrands or deadly arrows is a man who
deceives his neighbor and says "I was only joking."
Without a word a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down.
As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for
kindling strife.
The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's
inmost parts.
Like a coating of glaze over earthenware are fervent lips with an evil
A malicious man disguises himself with his lips, but in his heart he
harbors deceit.
Though his speech is charming, do not believe him for seven
abominations fill his heart.
His malice may be concealed by deception, but his wickedness
will be exposed in the assembly.
If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it; if a man rolls a stone, it will roll
back on him.
A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin."

Proverbs 26:17-28


Shari said...

Great post Michelle. Gossip is truly a very destructive force, seemingly with a life all its own. But it takes a person to give it life. We have to make the choice to not gossip.