Written December 24, 2009
This morning I had this horrible thought about my bunkee. I’m not even going to write it down because it wasnt right for me to think. But it made me laugh out loud and I thought, “I’ll have to tell Jennifer this when she wakes up…she will get a good laugh too.”
At the same time the Holy Spirit convicted me and said “this is what you need to work on today.” Holding my tongue. Even when it is my close friend whom I trust and tell everything to. Even if I just want to make her laugh.
The Bible says:
” Let your conversation be full of grace”… “avoid godless chatter”… “Nor should there be any foolish talk or course joking.”
Sometimes I try to justify myself when I talk to my 2 close friends about someone. “I’m only telling them this, and I know they wont tell anyone else….we just want to share a laugh…it feels good to laugh…especially in prison…”
I think that because I am in a dreary place, it makes it okay to laugh at someone else’s expense. But there is no justification for sin! And gossip is a sin.
Lord, help us to be considerate of others. Keep a bridle on our tongue when we start to say words that tear people down. Even if the words won’t ever be heard by anyone else. I know that life and death are in the power of the tongue. I will speak life into every situation. I will also love my enemies and pray blessings over them. Thank you Jesus for showing me how to love. Amen.