Love Your Neighbor

I’m from the south, born and raised, along with many generations before me. And I can tell you, there are few things we love in the south more than sweet tea, football, and God. We southerns are known for our slower talking and our hospitality. And yes, while most of us do know our manners, there’s a trait we all have that isn’t so Christian-like. Most of us gossip like there’s no tomorrow. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that if you do something worth mentioning on Saturday night, everyone knows about it by church on Sunday morning.

Gossiping isn’t just a southern thing either, we’re all guilty of it at one point or another. I’ll admit it, I’m guilty of it nearly every day. I talk to my grandma almost daily, and we can’t go 5 minutes without catching each other up on the latest news from around town or in our family. And judging others goes hand in hand with gossiping. But the thing is, we all know it isn’t right, we all know it’s a sin. It’s a sin to gossip, and it’s a sin to judge.
Proverbs 16:28 CEB reads

“Destructive people produce conflict; gossips alienate close friends.”

And in Matthew 12:36-37 CEB:

“I tell you that people will have to answer on Judgment Day for every useless word they speak. By your words you will either be judged innocent of condemned as guilty.”

Gossiping has no purpose. No good has ever come from it, besides making you temporarily feel better, and isn’t that quite selfish, to talk about others solely for your benefit? We all know we’re supposed to “…love your neighbor as you love yourself.” (Matthew 19:19 CEB), but how can we love them if we’re busy talking about them? What if, instead of gossiping about others, we concentrated more on loving them, wouldn’t that be more beneficial?


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