THEME: POWER OF INTEGRITY
“O Lord, who may lodge [as a guest] in Your tent? Who may dwell [continually] on Your holy hill? He who walks with integrity and strength of character, and works righteousness, And speaks and holds truth in his heart. He does not slander with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor takes up a reproach against his friend;”
-Social integrity is the other classification that speak about the tongue. The tongue may be used to edify or to slander another. A gossiper is cautioned from accusing another falsely or tarnishing their image. The one who who accepts to listen to gossip is synonymous to a gossiper. Proverbs 11:13 reveals that, a gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret. 1 Timothy 5:13 idlers and busybodies wander about from house to house, gossiping and saying what they ought not to. Proverbs 16:28, a perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends. We are reminded to apply wisdom in speech and in our hearing lest we fall into the trap of gossip and slander. We are also encouraged to love one another and avoiding tarnishing each other’s names, but preserve their image, which is equal to the image of God.
Our dear Heavenly Father we come before today with thanksgiving in our hearts. We thank You for Your goodness, Your care and Your love. We bless Your name and exult You. We thank You for the gift of life and for Your continued blessings upon our lives. You are Jehovah, we bless Your holy name. May You heal all those who are sick and suffering. May You provide for those who lack. May You remember all the street families and respond to their hearts desires. May You hear our prayers and our deepest desires and answer us. Only You are holy Lord, only You are mighty. May You forgive us from the many times we have gossiped and heal our hearts. May You protect us from shame Abba Father as You have promised. May You receive all our praise and worship. Our Father who art in heaven; hallowed be Your name; Your Kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from evil; for thine is the Kingdom the power and the glory; forever and ever. Amen
Further reading: Proverbs 11:9
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