March 16, 2020 Blog Admin
In Devotionals

15TH MARCH 2020
Dr. Phil Ransom-Bello

When you talk, don’t say anything bad. But say the good things that people need—whatever will help them grow stronger. Then what you say will be a blessing to those who hear you.

I realized that this week’s lesson on instructing our hearts is so important for us as believers because it is multi-faceted. It doesn’t stop at teaching us to protect our eye and ear gates or to focus on the promise, but we also see scripture point our attention to an important instruction for our hearts in Proverbs 11 verse 13.
Here, the Bible makes a clear distinction between the person who is a talebearer and the one who can conceal or keep sensitive information. It says the hallmark of one who has a faithful spirit is that he can be trusted with information.

There are some people you share a challenge or problem with them, by the next day, it’s already a WhatsApp broadcast or an Instgram story.
Remember the story of Noah and his sons in Genesis 9?
Yes, it was true that their father got drunk and was naked, but we see two different reactions from his sons. Where Ham went to spread the news of his father’s nakedness, the other two turned their backs and covered their father’s nakedness.

Now, here’s the balance for us as believers, concealing a matter is different from correcting your brother or sister, especially within the framework of leadership.
If you can’t meet the person and talk to the person about the issue, just shut up and pray for the person. If you are really concerned, go to THE PERSON, don’t go about peddling the news to others.

You must genuinely answer the question about which personality you express? Are you a gossip or a trusted confidant?
Wanna know why this is important? It’s because what you say can affect somebody’s heart. So you must be careful not to be the agent that communicates information to someone who can’t handle what you said.
If you are not watchful for your own heart and what comes in through your ear gates, at least be watchful for someone else’s heart.

In Proverbs 26:22, scripture says gossip is like tasty, delicious food that sinks deep to cause damage in a person’s heart. It’s like junk food that’s bad for your health. That’s why it’s easier to spread gossip than good news and for people to believe it. In fact, in media and journalism, bad news sells and so you are automatically wired to look for bad news if you are in that space but it’s different for believers.

Dear believer,
Be the one who has a faithful spirit.
Be the one who constantly looks for the best in people.
Be the one who actively protects other people’s hearts by the words you say.

Do I have the tendency to spread gossip to others or am I a trustworthy confidant?

-I am born of God. Because of my union with Christ, my life is patterned after Him in every ramification. Daily, I am becoming more like Christ.
-My heart receives instruction and wisdom on how to manage information.
-I have a faithful spirit. I understand the balance between correction and being discreet.
-I am yielded to the discipline of the Spirit from spreading rumours no matter how harmless it may look or sound. I lose pleasure and appetite for gossip.
-I am an active protector of the hearts of my hearers. My speech is seasoned with grace and salt for their hearing.
-My focus is fixed on only what is reflective of Christ and the promise.
-Today, I enjoy daily benefits and testimonies abound for me because the Gospel works. Hallelujah!

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Listen to The Believers Heart – Instruct Your Heart >> Dr. Phil by The StandPoint Church on #SoundCloud