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Taking out the Trash: Trash Talk

Taking out the Trash: Trash Talk

I keep thinking about yesterday’s sermon. How often do we gossip without a second thought? I think we often don’t realise how much power our words hold. We can cut down someone with our words. Fights, grief, suicide can come from the words that come out of our mouths. Our words have the power to murder someone’s reputation. We can destroy people’s self esteem with our words.

So why do we, as Christians, talk ill of each other? Why does the BODY of CHRIST, strike each other down? Jesus built people up with His words. He spent His time with the broken. So why does the church shoot the wounded?

Is it because it’s a “little sin”? Because it’s *not as bad* as murder? Adultery? Do we have no fear of our God? Sin is not of God or His people. What makes us different from a person who doesn’t follow God when we speak ill of our own?

Do we think we don’t have authority to keep other’s accountable? If someone is doing something wrong, or you think it isn’t appropriate, talk to them! Don’t go behind their backs. If there is a problem between you and your brother, fix it! Don’t ruin their reputation.

So why do we fight out brothers and sisters with our own sword? Why do we hurt other’s with our words? Our words should hold each other accountable. Not to gossip about what we think a person is doing wrong. I feel like gossip is like a disease. How can the body function when it’s being attacked from within?

Our words should build up the body of Christ not destroy it.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not innocent of this. I’ve been on both sides. I’ve talked people down and people have talked down and about me without my knowledge and I must say it sucks. A lot.

I genuinely appreciate the tough talks. The “taboo” topics in church. Because if we don’t address it, we just continue to pretend nothing is wrong. But there is so much wrong. It feels uncomfortable. Conviction isn’t easy.

But because it feels uncomfortable doesn’t mean we should ignore it. That it shouldn’t be a topic talked about in church. We should dig deeper. Deeper into God’s word. How much freedom is there in that? That we all fall short of God’s glory, yet we are able to be free from ALL sin through Jesus

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