A deal breaker in a friendship for me is when one likes to gossip a lot. I can’t stand that in a so-called friend. If we were to take a survey right now, undoubtedly it will come out to have 100% that nobody likes a gossip. If they can talk bad about other people to you, well, it would be erroneous for one to assume they won’t talk bad about you to someone else. It’s hard to find someone you truly have a deep connection with and not just superficial ones where you can’t get past the small talk.
I’ve heard people say the Bible is not sufficient to guide us in how we ought to live our lives in these modern times, a statement I believe to have been uttered without deep thought and indicates ignorance of the Book of Proverbs, replete with timeless maxims we all could learn from. We can hear a constant regurgitation of the above statement by people who profess not to believe in God, but even more alarming is hearing it from people who claim to be Christian but do not consider the book to be authoritative. There are also people who claim Sola Scriptura but say that reading the Bible unaided is not recommendable which invalidates their very claim.
The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
they go down to the inmost parts.
Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware
are fervent lips with an evil heart.
Enemies disguise themselves with their lips,
but in their hearts they harbor deceit.
Though their speech is charming, do not believe them,
for seven abominations fill their hearts.
Their malice may be concealed by deception,
but their wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
Whoever digs a pit will fall into it;
if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.
A lying tongue hates those it hurts,
and a flattering mouth works ruin.
And if you’re wondering what the seven abominations are that is being referred in verse 25, it can be found below.
There are six things the Lord hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
Does the Bible not hold absolute truths? That is for you to decide.
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