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.


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)










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!