May 6: Rumor Has It . . . (Day 13)

by Heather Pasteur

Read Proverbs 18:8

It’s that time of year. My husband and I will have dirt under our fingernails and aching backs. All that hard work pulling weed after weed, only to find that a couple of days pass and we are at it again. But, if we don’t keep up with it, they will choke the life out of all the beautiful flowers and plants in our yard.

Rumors. They are a lot like weeds. They invade and choke the life out of God’s desire for our day. They allow for Satan’s plan to go into action… distraction.

Here’s the reality: we all hear rumors, we’ve probably all spoken them too.

We spread rumors. We gossip. It’s easy to do. It’s sometimes even fun. We want to be “in the know.” We want to enjoy the juicy information that someone knows about someone else. We are nosey! We don’t always care if its fact, we just want to be involved with the office or neighborhood chatter.

It’s harmless, right? Not so much.

The Bible says in Proverbs 18:8, “The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.”

Just like those weeds in my flowerbeds. Rumors multiply, invade, and cover the beauty in our hearts. Proverbs warns us that gossip is tempting, and it is. I don’t think any of us would debate that. It also warns us of the effects of gossiping. It gets to us, to our core. It gets inside and rots. It’s sin.

Are you a rumor weed?

Challenge:  Don’t spread the weeds!  We’ve got enough outside already.  

Today choose the best for your heart. You woke up this morning, you read this devotion, you prayed and now it’s time to start your day. But today is different, because today you aren’t going to leave your faith inside the Bible you just closed. Today, you are going to choose the best for you. Today, you are going to hear a rumor. You are going to be tempted to spread that rumor. But today, you are going to change your reaction!

Make the choice to make today different.

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