Don't Listen to It!

by Stan Mitchell
gossip3.jpg“An evil-doer listens to wicked lips, and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue” (Proverbs 17:4, ESV).
Do you know how to douse the fire of gossip? How to stop its vicious spread dead in its tracks?
“You know you’re having a bad day,” someone once said, “when you are standing in a grocery store line and see your picture in the National Enquirer.”
It always seems that the least inquiring minds read the scandal-laden, gossip driven magazines. “Whitney Houston gives birth to aliens!” “Jerry Lewis and Marilyn Monroe were Secretly Married!” “Man with Two Heads Baffles Scientists!” scream the headlines. As if a reputable scientist would talk to National Enquirer!
You stop the scandal sheets by not buying their paper; and you stop a gossip by refusing to listen to his idle speculation. Shut your ears, walk away, tell him you’re not interested, pay no attention.
The term “informed gossip” is an oxymoron term, like “convention in a telephone booth,” “jumbo shrimp” and “military intelligence.” Gossip needs the fuel of a sympathetic ear for it to survive.
Starve it of oxygen. Don’t listen to it!

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Stan Mitchell

Stan has preached since 1976, in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He serves as preacher for the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He is currently Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He is married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He is the author of four books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs, Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song, and Equipping the Saints for Ministry. He has recently published another book, "Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation.

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