By Clella Camp
I have been going back over a conversation that I was a part of recently. And yes, I was a part of it, not an innocent bystander but a part of the group. And in retrospect, I have decided to be more careful about my participation in such conversations. Was it harmful? I don't think so but was it necessary? Probably not.
How do you feel about gossip? Harmless? Destructive? Not a problem? The subject is on my heart this morning. Society gives gossip many labels- chitchat, rumor, conversation, prayer- wait Prayer? Really? How could prayer be destructive?
As His people, we need to examine our hearts as we make verbal prayer requests to any one on one contact. God knows the details of the situation. Vivid description of the problem as the request is made is not necessary. An explicit detail made public does little for a marital or family situation. Just like the games we played as children; the words change as they are passed from one person to the next. A simple request for prayer is enough. The key here being the word “simple.”
Elaborate prayer requests can be gossip in disguise…can you be trusted? The author of Proverbs tells his reader that a gossip betrays a confidence. (Proverbs 11:13, 20:19) Betraying a friend’s confidence by labeling it a prayer request becomes gossip. Our public prayer requests need to be clear and simple. God will understand. Our friends do not need all the “gory details” in order to pray about the issue.
My prayer today is that I might not betray my friends or my God. Won’t you join me?
A gossip betrays a confidence,
but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.