May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14 (NIV)
Our words are powerful. Sometimes it can be tempting to use our words to tear people down in an effort to build ourselves up. One quote reads, “Gossip is the most socially accepted form of sin in the Church today.”
Using our words to negatively impact someone, otherwise known as slander, can be especially tempting when we compare ourselves to others - when we look at them and feel like we don’t measure up. But this approach isn’t good for us, and it surely isn’t good for the person on the other end of our comparison.
Instead of tearing down and comparing, try saying something that builds someone else up. Building someone else up isn’t just good for them; it gives us a dose of self-confidence ourselves. When we look for the best in others and speak up about it, it helps us see the best in ourselves, too. And that is pleasing to God.
Questions for reflection:
Do you agree with the quote, “Gossip is the most socially accepted form of sin in the Church today.” Why or why not?
What areas of your life does your tongue need to be better tamed?
How can you more intentionally build someone else up with your words this week?