A very poignant proverb on how like moths are drawn to a flame; so how we are drawn to gossip!
Pro 26:22 The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts of the body.
A dainty morsel is like a tasty snack, and when we get a taste of a chocolate or donut; a dainty morsel, it stimulates us and we want more…that is what the words of a whisperer or hearing gossip does to us, it scratches an itch.
If we think about that, that is absolutely true; if someone is preaching a sermon to us, we typically can’t wait to get out of there and be done with it, but man, when we hear some juicy and salacious gossip about someone, we stop everything we are doing, put down the phone, turn down the music and drop everything at once just to hear the salacious details of whatever juicy scandal is happening. It is not wonder why the most profitable magazines in the world are tabloids – or celebrity gossip, the Kardashians entire fortune is built on publishing their scandalous affairs!
This all really speaks to the sad state of the human condition, how we can’t get enough of these dark details and try and explain away why we like hearing bad rumors and gossip about other people, it is the sinful condition of the human heart, but the beauty of the Gospel is that when we look to the cross, and see Jesus there in all of His pain and anguish and suffering as the Perfect sacrifice for all of our imperfect sins, we come to terms with the dark thoughts that permeate our minds when we contrast them with the Light that is found in Jesus.
He is the only cure, and His Perfect Life and Perfect sacrifice give us an acute awareness of how broken we are and how desperately we need Him, He is the road to repentance and recognizing these bad behaviors like gossip and suddenly wanting nothing to do with them anymore or hating ourselves when we find ourselves getting caught up in it.
That is the beauty of the regenerate heart, the new heart that the Holy Spirit gives us when we declare Christ as Lord of our lives. We see darkness for what it is, and more importantly we see Christ as the Light that shines through the darkness.