I got sick the other day.
It wasn’t the kind of sickness that puts you in the bed for 3 days with a high fever, chills, a weak body and headaches.
This was the type of sickness that can only come when you eat something that was spoiled or out of date, and it turns your stomach inside out so badly that you gag and throw up anything that you put into your mouth for approximately 24 hours.
Boy I didn’t like it.
When we talk about other people behind their back that is the same as giving ourselves and the people we are talking to spoiled food – just in the form of words.
It tastes ok while you eat it (or speak it in this case) – it may even taste great – but the affects of it slowly change something inside the body to where it ends up causing bad problems for you and the people that are in the conversation with you.
Like ruining a relationship with a co-worker.
Or causing friends to question your integrity.
Or turning you into a pessimistic person.
Thought poison actually affects the mind – not the body, but it is very subtle. The person being poisoned usually doesn’t even know it is happening because it creeps in very slowly.
A Real Christian Businessman protects himself from the long term affects of gossip, by walking the other way when the gossip discussion begins. He takes a bold step by changing the subject of the conversation into the positive aspects of the situation or person, instead of discussing negative qualities and bringing everything down down down..
I myself have fallen into the thought poison trap way too many times. It is very easy to do! It takes discipline to avoid being contaminated by thought poison. Satan follows me around waiting for me to be tired, or frustrated, or overwhelmed, or upset, or just plain unaware, then he strikes with those gossip thoughts that he sends into my head, and it gets me started spreading around the poison to myself as well as others.
By taking notice of what is happening, we can thwart the spread of thought poison very easily.
By just being aware.
Make yourself more aware of what thoughts may be going through your mind.
Help your mind eat “right” this week.
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Eph 4:29 ESV
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