Put The Fire Out - Allan Myers; Doors - Don Riddle

 

PUT THE FIRE OUT

 

Gossip is wrong. Gossip is sinful. Gossip is divisive. I cannot say enough bad about it, so I'll let God say it. Read Proverbs 11:13, 16:28, 18:8, 20:19, and this is not His whole conversation on the subject.

 

Gossip, slander, whispers. True or false is immaterial. It's hurtful to someone else. It's not about me. It's none of my business. I wouldn't share it out loud during class. I wouldn't say it out loud if the person involved could hear it. I have to fish or bait in a conversation to get someone else to talk about what I want to know.

 

Gossip gets overlooked or joked about because we don't recognize it's damaging effects or are hesitant to deal with it.

 

To the gossiper: Ask your spouse or a true friend if this is you. If it is, you are in direct conflict with God's word. You are, according to scripture, choosing to hurt others. You are not helping anyone. Whatever justification you have for gossiping, although you don't call it gossip, it is not justified. Paul, in II Corinthians 12:20, groups it in with jealousy and fits of rage - not the place we want our heart to be. In this passage, the Greek word for gossip is psithyrismos. The definition is a whisper; by implication, a slander. God tells us that sin is a choice; we can give in or we can escape. (I Corinthians 10:13) It won't be easy, but I pray you choose to leave it behind you.

 

To the one being gossiped to: If you don't stop it when it first happens, you have joined in with the gossiper. Just like the gossiper, you have a choice to make. Choose to recognize sin and immediately tell the gossiper you won't be involved. Ask if they have talked directly to the person they are gossiping about. Tell them if you are not part of the problem or cannot be a part of the solution, you don't need to hear it. "Without wood, a fire goes out; without a gossip, a quarrel dies down." (Proverbs 26:20) Put the fire out. It sounds harsh, but you can strongly, lovingly, show both parties on the ends of the gossip train you love them enough to stand against sin. If not in our R&C family, where else?

 

To the person being gossiped about: According to scripture, they are being hurt, a truth even the world recognizes. More than likely, across several conversations. When you are the target of that much defamation, especially from your family, it doesn't exactly feel like a safe place anymore.

 

Let's make our family a place where we speak justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God. (Micah 6:8) A place where we work to shut down gossip.

 

I love you all!

Allan Myers

DOORS

They’re everywhere! Car doors, barn doors, office doors, cellar doors, front doors, storage doors, tractor doors, and on and on. They give us access. They keep things and people in or out. They give views or hide things from view. They provide protection and safety. They stop us: “Authorized Personnel Only”, “Employees Only Past this Point”, “Protected by Smith & Wesson”. They are opened with a fob, a key, a thumbprint, an eye scan. Many require someone to be with you.


Jesus said, “ I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture”, John 10: 9. He is the door, the only door! Note, Rev. 3: 7, “...the words of the Holy One, the true One, who holds the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one will open.” A door that can’t be opened! A door that can’t be shut! Wait!! Why would Jesus shut a door? Doesn’t He want us to use His door?


Well, how about an explanation from your mom. “ Don’t track that mess in this house. Go outside and take those off!” What are you trying to bring, to track into Jesus’ house? What are you afraid to let go of? What clings to you, because you like your ways? Jesus is saying that He controls who goes in. He controls what you try to bring in. If you clean every day, 1 John 1: 7, then there is no problem. If you go your own path, 1 John 1: 8, 10, then Jesus can close the door. Our sin locks it.


Jesus is the key. He is the door. To walk in God’s blessings, we use His door every day, Jn. 10: 9. When we mess up, we ‘fess up, Jesus cleans us up, and we walk in. This is our daily routine, not just on Sunday morning!


But there is another door for which we do not have a key. We don’t live here forever. So, who has the key to “death’s door”? How do we get the door open? Rev. 1: 18c.” I have the keys of death and Hades” Who get us out of death and out of the realm of the dead? Rev. 1;18,” I am the living One. I died and behold I am alive forevermore.” Why should you walk with Jesus? Because He is the only One with the keys. No one or no thing can get you out of death or Hades! Just Jesus! Therefore, the answer is, if you want to get through the door of blessing and the door of death, imitate and walk with Jesus. He is the door. He is the key holder.


Who are you walking with daily?!

 

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