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Swearing & Gossiping

Title: Swearing & Gossiping
Scripture : Matthew 12:34-37, James 3
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SWEARING

Almost everybody knows that swearing is bad and many of them still do it.

This is what the Bible says about swearing:

Matthew 12:34-37

34. You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.

35. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.

36. But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.

37. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."

GOSSIP

Michelle to Jackie : Oh you know what Stephanie did? She stole money from the Cafeteria
Jackie to Ashley : I heard that Stephanie stole a lot of money from the Cafeteria
Ashley to Pamela : Jackie told me that Stephanie stole $50 from the School
Pamela to Stacey : Jackie and Stephanie stole $50 from the school. I bet they stole from other people too.
Stacey to Amber : Jackie and Stephanie to $50 from the school and they even stole some of Stacey's belongings!
Amber to David at Sears (a store): Don't trust Jackie and Stephanie! They steal from people. I bet she even stole that jacket she's wearing from Sears.
Cashier who over heard Amber's and David's conversation : Security, we have a shoplifter in the Clothing department wearing a blue jacket with a white design on the back.

Maybe this scenario is a bit of an exaggeration but things like this can happen. You see how the story changed so much and you never know if Michelle was lying in the first place and at the end, somebody ended up in big trouble.

The Bible talks about gossiping and describes the tongue (meaning what you use to speak) like a little spark that starts in the forest and spreads to a big fire and destroys every thing. Note: The word "tamed" means controlled, disciplined.

James 3

1. My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

2. For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

3. Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.

4. Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.

5. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

6. And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

7. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:

8. But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

9. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

10. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

11. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

12. Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? Either a vine, figs? So can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh?

13. Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

14. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.

15. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, and devilish.

16. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

17. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

18. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.