This week has been a struggle for me with the fruit of the spirit of self-control. I have talked many times with my well-sitter sisters (my wonderful bible study gals) about how easy it is for me to get caught up in the gossip and negativity at my work. I either participate in the gossip by saying something not of God about someone or I spread something I heard from someone else. The other way I gossip is by being an active listener of someone gossiping. I may not speak a word but I am participating by standing there and listening to the gossip.

Two scriptures I need to keep on my heart are below.

Keep vigilant watch over your heart;
   that’s where life starts.
Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth;
   avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip.
Keep your eyes straight ahead;
   ignore all sideshow distractions.
Watch your step,
   and the road will stretch out smooth before you.
Look neither right nor left;
   leave evil in the dust
.

Proverbs 4:23-27 The Message

 Listening to gossip is like eating cheap candy;
   do you really want junk like that in your belly?

Proverbs 18:8 The Message

I know I have trouble at work with gossip and I need to be more focused in prayer on my drive to work asking God to help me avoid these sins. I need to pray for the ability to not get involved in the listening or speaking that is not glorifying to God. I must be absorbed in the Word of God daily so my path stays focused on my Father and the building up of others.

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