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Slander / Gossip - 5 Loaves & 2 Fish - No.2

Slander / Gossip - 5 Loaves & 2 Fish - No.2

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Slander- Gossip. An Article Dealing with various aspects of Christian Living:
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A lady who had been in the habit of spreading slanderous reports onceconfessed her fault to St. Philip Neri, and asked him how she could cure it.“Go,” he said in reply, “to the nearest market-place, buy a chicken just killed,pluck its feathers all the way, and come back to me.” She was greatlysurprised, wondering in what way a dead chicken could help her to overcomeher evil habit; but she did as he bade her, and came back to him with theplucked chicken in her hand. “Now go back,” he said, “and bring me all thefeathers you have scattered.” “But that is impossible,” she replied, “I cast allthe feathers carelessly, and the wind carried them away: how can I recoverthem?” “That,” he said, “is exactly like your words of slander. They havebeen carried about in every direction. You cannot recall them. Go, andslander no more.”It is a striking way of teaching a very important lesson. Let us hope the ladynever forgot it; and, in so far as we need it, let us apply it to ourselves.Slander is a false report uttered to the prejudice of another. But it does notneed that what you say about a man be false in order to do him great injury. The thing you tell may be strictly true, and yet it may do him much harm. Itmay do him much harm, too, even if it is spoken thoughtlessly and as amatter of idle gossip. It is not enough to justify your repeating such a thingbecause it is true. The question is rather this: is it needful that the person towhom you tell it should know about it? If not, you had better leave it unsaid.Would you like to have such things, whether true or false, told aboutyourself? Of course you would not. Apply, then, to the golden rule, “So ineverything, do to others what you would have them do to you.”
If you your lips would save from slips,Five things observe with care;Of whom you speak, to whom you speak,And how – and when – and where.Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit. Ps.34:13I said, “I will guard my ways, lest I sin with my tongue; I will restrain mymouth with a muzzle. Ps.39:1
GLEANINGS FROM A CHRISTIAN’S LIBRARY 
No. 2
 
I believe gossip to be one of the greatest enemies to both mental andspiritual improvement. It encourages the mind to dwell on the superficialaspect of things and the passing trivialities of the hour. There are very fewpeople who have either the capacity or inclination to converse on deep andimportant things. There is little substance in gossip, and in a wholeconversation it is commonly the case that nothing has been said which mightnot just as well, or better, have been left unsaid. Think twice before you believe every evil story you hear, and think twentytimes before you repeat it, it may not be true or it may be exaggerated. Askyourself if it is necessary to repeat it. Let us give the helping hand, not thedownward push.
SlanderIs tongue-murder.A poison,Neither mineral nor herbal,But a much deadlier -A poison verbal.”
Gossip is pouring a little social sewage into people’s ears. Gossip is what noone claims to like, but everybody enjoys. The things that most people want to know about are usually none of theirbusiness.People do not believe everything they hear – but this doesn’t prevent themfrom repeating it.Some care not what they say; they will censure, slander, lie, gossip and wishevil to others. How can Christ be in their heart, when the devil is in control of the tongue?
If anyone considers himself religiousand yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue,he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. James.1:26LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill?He who does not backbite with his tongue. Ps.15:1, 3
 The old country doctor of my boyhood days always began his examination bysaying, “Let me see your tongue.” It is a good way to start the examinationof anybody who claims to be a Christian. We recognize metals by their
 
tinkling, and men by their talking.
Speak, that I may see thee.’ saidSocrates. The tongue's power to do good is simply incalculable. It can impart valuableknowledge; it can speak words which will shine like lamps in darkenedhearts; it can pronounce kind sentences which will comfort sorrow, or cheerdespondency; it can breathe thoughts which will arouse, inspire, and quickenheedless souls, and even whisper the divine secret of the life-givingGospel, to those who are spiritually dead. What good we could do withour tongues, if we would use them to the full limit of their power for good, noone can compute!
“The boneless tongue, so small and weak,Can crush and kill,” declared the Greek.“The tongue destroys a greater horde,”The Turk asserts, “than does the sword.”The Persian proverb wisely saith,“A lengthy tongue – an early death;”Or sometimes takes this form instead,“Don’t let your tongue cut off your head.”“The tongue can speak a word whose speed,”Say the Chinese, “outstrips the steed.”While Arab sages this impart,“The tongue’s great storehouse is the heart.”From Hebrew wit the maxim sprung,“Though feet should slip, ne’er let the tongue.”The sacred writer crowns the whole;“Who keeps his tongue doth keep his soul.”
I have not much to offer To Christ, my Lord and King;No wealth, no might, no wisdom, No noble gift to bring."Five loaves and two small fishes?" But what alas are theyAmong the throngs of hungry who crowd life's troubled way?"Five loaves and two small fishes?" Not much, dear heart, 'tis true;But yield them to the Master and see what He can do!Placed in His hands of mercy Thy little will be much.'Tis not thy gift that matters But His almighty touch!
 All the above material is taken from books which are in my library. Totaf 

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terrific subject write never thought about it like this thanks
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An important truth!
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If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.
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