Do you ever leave a conversation feeling ‘tainted’? It’s like after the ‘gist’, you feel like a portion of your ‘holiness’ have been drained off. You just can’t help feeling like there was something off about the conversation you’ve had and there’s that nagging thing you can’t seem to shake.
I sincerely hope that this post does not come up as self-righteous in any way; because that’s not the intention. I just want to draw your attention to the fact that if we are more sensitive to the Holy Spirit, he’ll point us in the right direction and we will not sin with our tongue in keep company with those who will make us sin with our words.
Gossip, slander and tale bearing is very rife these days. Sometimes, it can be so subtle that we do not even notice when we have started participating. One gist leads to the other and we start to peddle unconfirmed ‘gist’ as though we have first-hand information.
Even when we do, must we ‘dish’?
As Christians, it’s even more dangerous because we start to talk about that other person from the standpoint of “imagine what so and so is doing” and “so many people are no longer following the scriptures. How else can you explain so and so doing so and so”…. Etc
So we inadvertently stand as the Christians who “know God” and “know the right thing” and talk about other Christians who are “not doing it right”.
Who are we Lord? Who are we to “gist” when we haven’t lifted a finger to help or knelt in prayer? Sometimes we have never even met them. Or maybe we have and they have done something to us that we deem unchristian. It doesn’t justify us using them as fodder for our self-righteous tattle-tailing.
I am so guilty.
After such a conversation, all I can do is come to the father and ask to be forgiven and be purged of every filth I have accumulated. Because I leave that conversation feeling dirty. And I ask for more grace because my willpower alone will not accomplish this. I need the Holy Spirit to help me as I take the steps towards total obedience.
Walk in the spirit he says. I find out the more I spend time with him, the more I hear him clearly when he alerts me that it’s time to keep quiet or it’s time to walk away from a conversation.
May the Lord keep us all.