|ANCHOR DEVOTIONAL - AVOID GODLESS CHATTER
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved. . . . Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly” (2 Timothy 2:15-16).
Sometimes I say things I later regret. James explained it well. “No man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:8). Strong words, but oh, so true.
Occasionally someone comes to me at work to complain about a coworker. I listen sympathetically, and sometimes I cannot resist expressing my gripes with that same person. Later I ask myself, “Now why did I say that?”
Paul described the problem. “What I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing” (Romans 7:19).
Gossiping is a common form of conversation, but it is a sin because it criticizes God’s handiwork—a human being. It puts us in the position of judge, and that spot is reserved for God alone.
When this kind of talk starts, try praying for the one who is the subject of the conversation. Prayer changes things; most importantly, it changes the heart of the one who prays. Try it today.