I was with a friend recently when we were approached by a lady she knew. After a brief chat they said their goodbyes and then we continued our discussion.

A quiet moment passed before my friend began to speak, but just as quickly stopped herself. It was after I gave her an inquiring look that she replied, “I know something about that girl that I wish I didn’t. I was going to tell you but caught myself before I blurted it out.”

The next time you want to gossip, keep quiet and move on. Be a chain breaker.

Smile and encourage one another. The world is harsh enough (Matthew 5:16).

Release the grudges you have against others and against yourself and let the God of peace rule your heart (I Corinthians 14:33, 2 Thessalonians 3:16).

Get motivated for Jesus. Remember, faith should have feet (James 2:26).

Watch what you say and how you say it (Colossians 4:6).

Give every thought, word, and desire to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).

Let others see Christ living in you (Philippians 2:1-5). It doesn’t mean your life will be flawless. It means your days will have purpose.

Thankfully, my friend didn’t share the news that she had on the other woman. She let the chains of gossip fall to the ground and I respect her greatly for that.

Like anchors keeping us rooted to this world, many are chained to past failures, bad decisions, and heartbreaking tragedies. Some are fastened to greed, fear, and hate.

Whatever it is that’s keeping you from God, let it go and anchor yourself to the One who loves you so much, he gave his only begotten (John 3:16). Life is too short to live it in chains.

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