Proverbs 18:8

The words of gossips are like choice snacks;
    they go down to the inmost parts.


Have you ever had soup on a chilly day? Hot chocolate after skiing? Remember that feeling when it goes down your throat and you can feel the warmth and deliciousness in your belly?  How it makes you happy, gives you sustenance and brings you back to life?

Solomon is using this idea – one of delicious snacks- to illustrate the depth that gossip goes to.  If a rumor or gossip is said about you, doesn’t it hit you in the gut? Make you feel nauseous? Mess up your day?

This is the power of our words. As much as we hate that feeling, we have to remember that we are sometimes the cause of it.

It may seem repetitive, but many of the wise words of Proverbs are about what we say, whether we are foolish with our words, or wise with our words.

Make it a habit to only let wise words come out of your mouth. Remind others around you of the pain of gossip as well.


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