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Sins of the Tongue. Ephesians 4:29. Meddling. 1 Timothy 6:5 (verb). 1 Peter 4:15 (noun). Meddling. Where’s the line?. There is a difference between offering advice and meddling. 1 Timothy 6:5 literally refers to “continual rubbing”.

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sins of the tongue

Sins of the Tongue

Ephesians 4:29

meddling
Meddling

1 Timothy 6:5 (verb)

1 Peter 4:15 (noun)

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Meddling

Where’s the line?

  • There is a difference between offering advice and meddling.
  • 1 Timothy 6:5 literally refers to “continual rubbing”.
    • Continued bickering, arguing, intruding where unwelcome.
    • Also implies “useless” ideas—constant bickering over things that don’t really matter.
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Meddling

Where’s the line?

  • This is not an excuse to keep quiet when we should speak!
  • Galatians 6:1-2
  • But let’s not jump to conclusions, ask questions and find out information.
  • Don’t meddle in things you do not know about.
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Meddling

Why Do People Do It?

  • They think it makes them look better.
  • It makes them feel better about themselves.
  • They like to control others.
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Gossip

Leviticus 19:16

Proverbs 11:13

Proverbs 16:28

Proverbs 18:8

Proverbs 20:19

Proverbs 26:20

Romans 1:29

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Gossip

Webster’s Definitions

  • Gossip—noun, one who chatters idly about others
  • Idle—adjective, 1. useless, futile; 2. unfounded [idle rumors]
  • Rumor—noun, 1. general talk not based on definite knowledge; 2. an unconfirmed report, story, etc. in general circulation
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Gossip
  • A rumor is passed by gossip.
  • Gossip can also be spreading confirmed information.
  • Three important questions to ask
  • Does this person need to know this information?
  • Will spreading this information help or hurt the person it is about?
  • Did I agree to keep the information quiet?
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Slander

Proverbs 10:18

2 Timothy 3:2-3

Slander—noun, the utterance of falsehood that damages another’s reputation