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James 3:8-9 But no one can tame the tongue—a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God.
We are neck-deep in gossip and have been for longer than we can remember. It’s an unfortunate side effect of our innate curiosity about other people. The author of the Epistle of James reminds us that gossip isn’t a sin that we invented. It’s something that plagued the early Church, too.
Think about the folks you know who avoid gossip. These souls of discretion model for us the fact that idle talk, while entertaining, can wound souls. What if we tried to tame our tongues and protect each other’s tender selves?
MOVING FORWARD: Who models discretion for you? Thank this person today.