Text: “And there were certain Greeks among them that come up to worship at the feast; the same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying Sir, we would see Jesus. Philip cometh and telleth (told and continued to tell) Andrew; and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.”
Good morning, Gospel-gossiping Christian! You KNOW what a terrible sin gossiping is in the sight of our Holy Lord God - yet you continually seek to engage in a form of gossiping! What’s more, I am encouraging you to continue to faithfully do so, my friend. Just as long as it’s the Gospel of Christ, and Him Crucified for sinners that is the content of your gossip! Hallelujah! Praise God for Gospel-gossiping Christians!
“Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned into fables.” (2 Timothy 4:2-4)
In the proper sense of the concept, there is nothing worse than a gossip!
“Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out; so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth. As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife. The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.” (Proverbs 26:20-22)
“A lie can travel halfway across the country before truth has a chance to put its boots on. It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart; the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you.” (Mark Twain)
“Be careful what you tell a gossiper because everyone will eventually know about it. Let me tell you friend, there is a form of communication faster than the telephone! There is a form of communication faster than the television! There is a form of communication faster than the telegram! It is the tell-a-woman! I'm being facetious here of course, men are just as guilty about gossiping as woman are. God HATES hate gossip because it destroys people's lives, ministries, homes, marriages, businesses, churches... you name it!
"He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips." — Proverb 20:19.
“BEWARE! Stay away from gossiping people, meddle not with them. One of the hallmark qualities of a true friend is someone who refuses to gossip about you behind your back. As a matter of fact, we should never listen to or gossip about anyone! Proverb 11:13 reads, "A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter." Do you have a faithful spirit? Or are you a troublemaker who enjoys hurting others with your slimy vomiting mouth—set on fire of Hell as James 3:6 warns?” (God's "Get Character Quick" Plan (by Pastor Jack Hyles, internet source)
God loves Christians who seek to continually ‘gossip the Gospel’ to others!
“O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endureth (endures and continues to endure) forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy.” (Psalm 107:1-2)
“The Lord hath made known His Salvation; His righteousness hath He openly showed in the sight of the heathen…Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth; make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.” (Psalm 98:2-4)
It is not enough for us to be personally saved. We must seek to share this great Salvation in Christ Jesus with other lost souls. We must ’gossip the Gospel message continually!
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
“How then shall they call on Him (Christ) in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher (witness)?” (Romans 10:14)
Thought: Go forth and gossip the Gospel today, faithful Christian!