Eating Cheap Candy For Dinner
Posted: Wednesday, July 1
2 Kings 18:13-19:37
Verse of the day:
Listening to gossip is like eating cheap candy; do you really want junk like that in your belly? (Proverbs 18:8)
I love Reese’s peanut butter cups. When I say love, I’m understating my desire and affection for those delicious perfectly paired peanut butter and chocolate sweet treats. Eat them cold, eat them in ice cream, eat them before dinner, eat them after dinner, I’ll practically eat them however and whenever. What is not my favorite is the knock off peanut butter cups. They’re just not the same, and when my Easter basket or Christmas stocking are filled with them, I’m sincerely disappointed. I do not want to eat cheap knock off peanut butter cups for dinner.
The Bible compares gossip, us talking about people to belittle them, like eating candy - cheap candy for dinner. It’s never quite satisfying and leaves you feeling sick. When we take shelter in sharing the bad news about someone, we think it’s going to make us feel better or add some closure to whatever occurred. In reality it breaks down the trust we have with those we’re gossiping with and only creates more headaches needing to be solved. The person listening to the gossip is just as bad as the one sharing it. I hate when people talk bad about me, and I’m sure you feel the same way. It hurts! I don’t mind confrontation as long as it’s productive. So if I’ve done something to offend people, please don’t gossip, just talk to me about it so we can go back to being best amigos!
There’s a difference between sharing the good about others and gossiping. When we praise the awesomeness of someone or something they’ve done, trust is built and they are honored. Gossip, tearing them down for no other benefit but to make them look bad, may be a temporary relief but will not leave you satisfied. Gossip is a daily habit we are all struggling with (unless you live in a cabin in the woods all by yourself. Then you’re probably doing ok). Studies show that gossip, for most, takes up 2/3 of their conversations. Make a conscience choice with the help of the Holy Spirit to be someone that speaks life, refuses to listen to it, and withholds from eating cheap candy for dinner. You’ll feel much better in the morning.