Hey Brothers and Sisters (Sunshines),
Welcome to todays discussion, I was lead to another topic last night and thought that was todays topic but their was another plan this morning when I woke up and was lead to todays topic and still trying to get it posted with it turning into night, got a bit side tracked sorry...
So here we go...
In the world we live in today we can see the affects of gossip, rumors, disagreements and the detrimental affect it has on nations, society, family's, people around the world as some of these are leading to deaths, famine, sound of mind, hardship and so on.
Let's take a look at a few Bible verses...
“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.
1 Corinthians 6:1-8
When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers
Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.
My understanding or take on these versus are that if we have a issue with someone that we should take it up with them personally then if unresolved then bring in two or more witnesses to see if the issue at hand can be resolve if not then it's to be taken to the church to be resolved.
With many people not going to church does that mean to pray to the father about resolving the issue?
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
He that goeth about [as] a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.
A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.
My understanding or take on these versus are that we are not to speak about others at all, there was some other versus that I was lead to in the morning and now can't find that spoke about that if someone is talking (gossiping) about someone that you are to bring that person into the conversation to defend one self, if you don't you are as guilty as the one talking.
Gossiping seems so natural and apart of society that I for one didn't realise it was an actual sin to discuss situations and sometimes give advice without the other person present so this one is food for thought for myself.