Try Something New Tuesday – Lift Others Up

WE WHO are strong [in our convictions and of robust faith] ought to bear with the failings and the frailties and the tender scruples of the weak; [we ought to help carry the doubts and qualms of others] and not to please ourselves.    Romans 15:1

Happy Tuesday!  It’s a glorious day in  northwest Florida.  There is crisp fall chill in the air, but the sun is shining bright.  Every Tuesday we try something new.  Today, I encourage you to help someone.  There are people around us all day long who need help.  The smallest gestures can make the biggest difference.  So throughout the day, look for someone you can help and follow through.

Are you a gossip?  Do you find it hard to keep your mouth shut?  Have you ever felt the effects of gossip?  Did you know that gossip is a sin?  Yes,  gossip is a sin.  How could we believe otherwise, when we know Jesus taught that the second most important commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 19:19).  That means love others as much as you love yourself.  Treat others how you would like to be treated, and zip your lip.  Leviticus 19:16 tells us that we “shall not go up and down as a dispenser of gossip and scandal among” . . . [our] “people, nor shall” . . . [we secure ourself by false testimony or by silence and] “endanger the life” of our neighbors.  The phrase “dispenser of gossip” makes me laugh a little, but it’s true.  We have all done it, at least once, and we have all experienced it.  Gossiping is very hurtful.  I don’t know why it’s so hard to tame the tongue.  Often, I think no harm is intended.  We are just talking to each other and trying to sort things out.  Yesterday, I heard a story about someone at work that made me want to warn and protect the others around me.  Fortunately, before I said anything, I stopped.  The ones I wanted to protect heard the same information.  There was no need for me to say more.

Gossip occurs in families too.  It is much easier to promote yourself in the eyes of a loved one, if you are making someone else look bad.  Don’t stoop to these levels out of jealousy or any other motive.  You are a child of God who is loved.  The smallest talk can cause the most pain and disfunction in families.  When you stand before God, do you want to see how you hurt people or how you lifted them up with your words?

Join me in lifting others up with words of love and helping the needy.  God bless you.

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5 thoughts on “Try Something New Tuesday – Lift Others Up”

  1. It is really hard I think for people to fathom gossip is a sin, and perhaps that is why often in church settings people are gossips. My pastor actually, several years ago, warned women with bible study in a group to be weary of making it a gossip session, and he made a good point.

    We can be do something originally with the intention of getting closer to God but having that activity turn completely against what He stands for.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. You are absolutely right, but the men in my workplace gossip as much, or more than the women. I think gossip goes across gender and race lines. As you rightly point out, we all must be constantly aware of how what we do and say affects others, even when the intent is to get closer to God. Stay blessed.

      1. Oh definitely, it can be issue. My pastor pointed out the importance of making sure the leader in charge has a very set way of conducting the study. For the men in the church, my pastor leads the men’s bible study every Saturday, and in recent years the pastor’s wife has been in charge of leading the women’s bible study. It really is eye opening to make sure we have the right kind of shepherds in places they need to be, and to actively be involved with the flock. 🙂

        Be blessed as well!

      2. I totally agree. My adult Sunday School class is men and women. While participants may speak freely, I set the rules upfront. Everyone is to take care in what they say. Whenever discussions get lively or off course, I stop and redirect the discussion.

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