Sunday, 8 November 2020
Title : Gossip
By Elder Bryan Lee 李惠隆

Psalm 52:3-5(Msg)
3 You love evil more than good, you call black white. 4 You love malicious gossip, you foul-mouth. 5 God will tear you limb from limb, sweep you up and throw you out, pull you up by the roots from the land of life.

Last week a brother whatsapped me a couple of bizarre texts that have been circulating in the social media. These were forwarded to him by his friend from another church.
I wouldn’t have given a thought to those texts if they didn’t concern our church or our members.
Apparently the sender used the sms service to send out these texts, thus, hiding behind the veil of anonymity. The texts accused “somebody” (unnamed) of spreading “death gossip” in our church and these gossips have “damaged families” in our church and in particular a certain family identified. The texts gave the impression the particular family is in deep financial trouble. Since I know the family I immediately called the head of the family and checked if everything was alright.

“Yes we are well and we are not in any serious financial situation. I still have my job,” he said.
I was relieved and assured him that the church is always here to help.

Gossiping is an irresponsible and unchristian behavior. In this social media age, gossip spreads like wild fire far and wide in a very short time. In the above episode the anonymous sender is an equally guilty gossiper as the “somebody” gossiper. The right approach is to inform the church leadership instead of using the sms service. It is like purposely releasing the covid19 virus to harm others. Once you press the “send” button you do not know what kind of damage you have done to the church who is the body of Christ.

Gossip slanders the reputation of others. It causes disunity in the church and brings much hurt to the body of Christ for which our Lord Jesus is the head. Gossip is sin.
The above Psalm says….”you love evil more than good, you love malicious gossip”.

We need to be very careful with our words. All of us have a natural tendency to gossip but let us heed the warning and counsel in James chapter 3(Msg).
5-6 It only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire. A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell.
7-10 This is scary: You can tame a tiger, but you can’t tame a tongue—it’s never been done. The tongue runs wild, a wanton killer. With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues we curse the very men and women He made in His image. Curses and blessings out of the same mouth!

It is scary alright. The tongue can be a killer! Covid19 will go away but the tongue is always with us. We need the help of the Holy Spirit. And we need to use the social media wisely!

Let’s pray:

Lord forgive us that we have the tendency to gossip and let our tongues go wild. Help us to realize that we bring hurt to the body of Christ every time we gossip. Forgive us of this sinful behavior and grant us the power to control our tongues.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.

每日灵粮
星期日,2020年11月8日
题目:闲言闲语
作者:李惠隆长老
翻译:杨仕涵弟兄

诗篇52: 3-5
3 你爱恶胜似爱善,又爱说谎,不爱说公义。(细拉)
4 诡诈的舌头啊,你爱说一切毁灭的话!
5 神也要毁灭你,直到永远。他要把你拿去,从你的帐篷中抽出,从活人之地将你拔出。(细拉)

上周,一位弟兄WhatsApp上给我发了一些在社交媒体上当时多人在转发的短信,我觉得短信内容很奇怪。这短信是这位弟兄其他教会的朋友转发给他的。

我通常不太关心这些短信,但是这次的短信关乎我们教会的一位会友。

显然,发信息的人使用短信服务器匿名发送了这些短信。短信中控告“某人”(未命名)在我们的教会中扩散“关于死亡的八卦”,而这些八卦在我们的教会中“伤害了一些家庭”,尤其是一个家庭,在短信中被明确出来。这些短信给人的印象是这个家庭陷入了严重的经济困境。因为我认识这个家庭,所以我立即打电话给这个家庭,问候他们一切是否还好。

他说:“是的,我们很好,我们没有任何严重的经济状况。我还有工作。”
我松了一口气并提醒他,教会总是在这里可以提供帮助。

闲聊或八卦是一种不负责任、不荣耀基督的行为。在这个社交媒体时代,八卦在很短的时间内像野火一样四处扩散。在上述的事件中,匿名发信人与被控告发八卦的“某人”同样具有罪。正确的处理方法是通知教会领袖,而不是使用短信服务器如此处理。这就如故意把新型冠状病毒释放出来伤害他人一样。一旦点击了“发送”,我们不能知道这会给我们教会其中的肢体带来什么样的伤害。

八卦能诽谤他人的名誉。八卦在教会中能带来分裂,并且给主耶稣基督为首的肢体带来很多伤害。八卦、传舌是罪。

上面的诗篇说:”你爱恶胜似爱善,你爱说一切毁灭的话!”。

我们需要对我们的言语谨慎。我们所有人都有八卦、传舌的自然倾向,但让我们留意雅各书第三章(和合本)中的警告和劝勉。

5-6这样,舌头在百体里也是最小的,却能说大话。看哪,最小的火能点着最大的树林!舌头就是火,在我们百体中舌头是个罪恶的世界,能污秽全身,也能把生命的轮子点起来,并且是从地狱里点着的。

7-10 各类的走兽、飞禽、昆虫、水族本来都可以制伏,也已经被人制伏了;唯独舌头,没有人能制伏,是不止息的恶物,满了害死人的毒气。我们用舌头颂赞那为主、为父的,又用舌头咒诅那照着神形象被造的人。颂赞和咒诅从一个口里出来,我的弟兄们,这是不应当的!

确实是很可怕。舌头可能是杀手!新型冠状病毒将消失,但舌头永远伴随着我们。我们需要圣灵的帮助。我们也需要明智地使用社交媒体!

我们祷告:

求主原谅我们常有八卦并说别人是非的倾向,我们也常常没有控制好我们的舌头。求助帮助提醒我们,每次说别人的是非时都会给基督的肢体带来伤害。饶恕我们这罪恶的行为,赐给我们能力制服我们的舌头。
奉耶稣的名。阿门。

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