How soon the topic of my last blog post would be put into action. Isn't it amazing how quick the devil jumps on you when you put it out there that you want to remove negative influences from your life. I don't want to be rude, but let's get real people. If you are REALLY that concerned about what is going on in someone else's life, doesn't the bible command us to go directly to that brother and ask them about it? If they won't listen, take a fellow believer with you?
Gossiping on the phone and/or in person IS NOT following scripture. What IT DOES DO is rip apart relationships...causes us to be paranoid and have no trust in our fellow believers! It causes amazing connect groups to fall apart. It makes people form opinions about people that are probably not even justified. It may be funny or feel good for a minute, but the effects can harm someone for a lifetime.
Again, I am not calling myself perfect....I truly struggle with this. In high school and college, it was horrible. Now that I am older, I find that I don't talk that much about what is told to me, but I sure do listen. I am now saying that I don't even want to listen. If that seperates me from some friendships, I guess I have to question how valid that friendship was to begin with.
Let's make a difference....let's change the way people view women. Let's start shutting up, standing firm and serving. Most importantly, let's confess and repent for good. I want friendships based on Christ, not based on lies.