Proverbs 18:8

The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels;
they go down into the inner parts of the body.

Such is the danger of the whispering tongue. We are enticed by it. We like hearing secrets “confided” in us. We like being in the know, of being brought into the inner circle. But those words go into our “inner parts.” We mull over them, and they begin to seep into our unconscious and eventually conscious thoughts. We become distrustful of the people we have heard about; we worry over the inside information we’ve been given. Others’ reputations are tarnished in our minds. Complainers whisper their complaints, and before we know what is happening, we become complainers.

We need to learn how to say no when the whisperer comes around. We need to walk out of the room. We need to understand that the persons hurt the most by whispering are us, the listeners. The whispers go down with a delicious taste, but they poison the soul.

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