Talk is the prompt from Kate at Five Minute Friday for today. There are a lot of directions in which to go with that one. I’m going to address one of my personal bugaboos.
But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. Ephesians 5:3-4
While I sometimes say or think a bad word in the heat of a moment (like right now at 3:54 am as I am writing and a spider just crawled across my wrist!), I’m not really all about that or so much about coarse jesting.
Silly talk and gossip are my thing. I grew up on the “stories,” the soap operas that my Aunt Bell used to watch. After my parents were divorced when I was preschooler, and my mother went to work, Aunt Bell (my great aunt, actually) kept my sister and me, as well as my two cousins. We lived in Augusta, GA, where it is horribly hot and humid in the summer. We were sent outside to play all morning and then, in the heat of the day, we could curl up in the coolest room of her house, on the beautiful braided rug she had, and watch TV. In her room, Aunt Bell had on the soaps. She worked hard from morning until night but made time to keep up with the stories.
I don’t know if you’ve ever watched soap operas but they are just full of gossip and “silly” talk.
I grew up with a love for Harlequin romances (talk about silly!), a good understanding of melodrama, and a love for gossip.
I have a curious brain by nature and gossip is just satisfying my curiosity about people, right?
It is wrong. Flat-out wrong and against the teachings of Christ. Check out these verses that I quickly pulled up in BibleGateway.
Our talk, as Christian women, should be wholesome. It should be encouraging to other women and edifying to the Lord. Of course, we can joke and have fun and laugh! God created laughter so I have to believe that it’s a good thing. In all things, though, even our talk with one another, we should be thankful.
And, I’m going over my 5 minutes by a bit, but I also wanted to say that too many Christian women cloak their gossip, their silly talk, in the guise of prayer requests for others. Sisters, let’s be careful with that!
What about you? Do you have problems guarding the way you talk? Is it hard to talk about your sisters, lift them up for prayer, express concern, without it becoming gossip?