Monday, February 20, 2012

Silencing Foolish Talk~

Ever been the topic of discussion?

Ever been the victim of gossip disguised as an innocent prayer request?

Ever been mentioned in a way that is embarrassing, not to mention, untrue?

Me, too.

We humans love to talk. Sadly, our favorite topic of conversation is usually other people.

So, what do we do when we find we are the one being talked about? How do we stand up for our self and defend our reputation? What do we say back?

Speak no evil
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Nothing.

Yes. You read that right.

Nothing.

We hold our thoughts and our tongue and instead, let our actions do the talking for us.


You might be familiar with the following quote:


“Who you are speaks so loudly I can't hear what you're saying.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson


How true this is.  However, the following (less familiar!) quote is certainly food for thought when it comes to persuading our self to hold our tongue.

"Who you are speaks so loudly, they can't hear what others are saying."
~ Me :0)


Think about it.

No matter what others are saying, if your actions don't match the story being circulated, others will see. Soon, they will come to realize what is truth and what is not. Your actions will eventually take the float right out of the rumor boat.

Peter put it this way:

For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.
~ 1 Peter 2:15


It doesn't get much clearer than that, does it?



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6 comments:

  1. Stacy -- oh, I am so glad to see you back here! I've loved the last few posts that I've read. You speak such wisdom and truth. And you know, I confess, sometimes I have cloaked gossip as a prayer request, and then immediately after there is this twinge in my gut letting me know I've done the wrong thing. So good to shed light on this subject.

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  2. Stacy, thanks much for the reminder! Unfortunately, the reminder is needed all too often. Loving your blog!

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  3. Hi Stacy - love this. We have experienced this where someone has told a whole lot of lies about us and we just kept of being and doing our lives and eventually, God has shown the truth. God is great that way.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  4. This is so true. We are told not to retaliate but return good with evil. Maybe that means going out of our way to speak good about the person who is speaking bad about us!

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  5. hey Stacy,

    we are neighbors at Soli De Gloria, sort of. this is a good subject to shed light on, as Jenn said. i have been talked about horribly, as well as my family. im pretty good about holding my tongue--but you know when i find it hard? when im upset with a family member, or a friend, i tend to "vent" to someone--this is a bad habit that i have been determined to work on!

    blessings to you!

    ~Nacole

    http://sixinthehickorysticks.blogspot.com/2012/02/maybe-epic-fast-fail-is-really-doing.html

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