Loose Lips Sink Relationships

The Lord when giving laws unto Moses to give unto the children of Israel said in Leviticus 19:16, "Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people."  In the Message Bible translation it reads, "Don't spread gossip and rumors." "Loose lips sink ships" is a phrase believed to have been made popular during World War II.  The phrase, simply explained, means that disclosing military secrets to the enemy could result in a ship being sunk.

Today this phrase still rings true.  Not only does it apply in the military, it applies in every day human life.  Loose lips sink relationships. Information shared with the wrong individual/s in your personal life can and often does lead to your own hurt or ruin.  One of the saddest facts in my life is to share something with someone who you thought was your friend only to find that the individual shared the information with others.  Some people who make a claim to be with you and for you are some of the same ones out to destroy you and your family. 

Who can you trust today? It can be hard to trust those at the church of your membership and even those in ministry.  Some people take you into their confidence by deceit.  Proverbs 26:24-26(niv) says, "A malicious man disguises himself with his lips, but in his heart he harbors deceit. Though his speech is charming, do not believe him, for seven abominations fill his heart. His malice may be concealed by deception, but his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly."

It is a painful matter to have your personal life twisted in the mouth of a gossip.  But I thank my God that He knows and sees all and that He made a promise to render to every man according as his work shall be.  I thank my God that His word declares, "God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Proverbs 18:7(niv) says, "A fool's mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul."  The wicked will get their just reward.

I have some Godly advice for you.  1.  If you are going through a trial, take it to the Lord in prayer.  Be careful who you share with, because they can make your situation worse by divulging to others what you have said in confidence. Proverbs 20:19(niv) says, "A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much." 2. Pray for Godly leaders who have integrity, who are trustworthy, and who have compassionate hearts.  3.  If you are looked upon as a friend by another person who shares his/her intimate details of their life with you-keep their confidence or else be a loving and kind enough friend to say I would rather you not share that with me.  4.  If you are a person who has difficulty with gossip, I pray that you would repent and turn from this destructive behavior or else it will lead to your own undoing. 

Believers it is time to share the Gospel and not the gossip.  I pray that you will make a commitment to be quick to share the GOOD NEWS and reject the latest dirt.  Jesus is coming soonYou and I have been called to witness!!! Let's get THE WORD out!!!

                Minister Larry D. Reed, Sr.
                is Pastor at Ebenezer MBC, Meridian, Ms
                He resides with his wife Abigal and son Larry in Decatur, MS
                He is a Graduate of Alcorn State University -
                with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration

                You may contact Pastor Reed at:
                Ebenezer M.B. Church
                1012 26th Avenue
                Meridian, MS  39301
                or phone him at   601-635-5235

            Inspiration, Motivation-Mat 5:16/Jer 29:11/Rev 3:8/Ps 84:11

            His Favorite Activity-- Talking About Jesus

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