M is for Mouth - (meditation by Brianna)
I’m not proud to admit it, but one of my weaknesses is gossip. When I was in high school, I think that’s all that came out of my mouth. It seemed that I was always putting someone down to bring myself up, but it never worked. All it did was leave a bitter taste on my lips.
As I matured, I realized gossip was doing me more harm than good, but simply knowing it was wrong didn’t keep me from talking badly about others. Finally when the guilt was too much to bear, I confessed my weakness and helplessness in prayer. Afterwards the temptation to gossip remained as powerful as ever, but suddenly when confronted with an opportunity to gossip, my conscience was stronger than the temptation.
Some days I’m weak and indulge, but I always pay for it later. Guilt eats away at me making me miserable until I confess that I’ve failed again and ask for the strength and wisdom to resist the urge to gossip in the future. Genuine confession is pleasing to the lips.***
Reflection on Proverb by Brianna Renshaw, member of 1st Writes. Her blogs are: Pocketful of Playdough and Bible Bloggers.