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Death by Gossip

death by gossipI was always told growing up that having a name of good character was my most valuable asset.

Unfortunately, no one told me how quickly a valuable name can be turned into a liability through gossip.

At the end of the day, a gossip will be believed in over and above a character – or so it seems.

I was reading about Paul’s experience with this same disease.  He comes into the head office of the Church in Jerusalem with incredible news of many people coming into the family of God by making a decision to follow the Messiah, Jesus.  They were thrilled with the news.

Unfortunately, a different kind of news had reached them – even from among those who become followers – that Paul was preaching that the law of Moses was of no consequence, not to follow practices of custom and not to circumcise children.

How to avoid conflict, how to bring value back to a name?

So the leaders devised a plan and Paul went along with it.  Unfortunately, that did not work and thus began the journey of trial for Paul that would end in his death.

As much as we may want to bring honour to our name – understand that our name matters little.  We bring honour to our Lord Jesus as He desired to bring honour to the name of His Father – even to death and by death He did.  As Stephen did – and Jesus stood as he was being stoned – as Paul did though each court case that did not end in his favour.

 

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“Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emman′u-el” (which means, God with us)." Matthew 1:23 RSV

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