Think Before You Speak

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When we hear gossip or slander, what should we do? Greg Laurie offers the T.H.I.N.K. acronym to guide us.

The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked what is perverse (Proverbs 10:32).

J. Vernon McGee used to say that the only exercise some Christians get is running down others and jumping to conclusions.

Slander and gossip are sins that, unfortunately, are far too common in the church today. How many times have rumors been spread that are based on information that simply is not factual because a person did not take the time to look into it? The Bible says, “He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him” (Proverbs 18:13).

Gossip and slander are far easier to dish out than they are to take, aren’t they? Has someone ever gossiped about you? Has something ever been said about you that simply wasn’t true? Proverbs 18:8 says, “The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, and they go down into the inmost body.” Gossip is like that.

“Did you hear about this?” someone might say. So we take that tasty little trifle of information. We may swallow it easily, but in the end, it is like a wound. It hurts other people, and it can hurt us.

So when we hear gossip or slander, what should we do? Here is a little acronym that we need to remember: T-H-I-N-K. Is it true? If it is not true, then don’t repeat it. Will it help? Is it inspiring? Is it necessary? Is it kind?

Well, Greg, you might be thinking, If I applied that principle all the time, there would be a lot of things I wouldn’t say.

Good. Then don’t say them. You will be better for it. And so will many other people.

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