Book: Proverbs 26
“Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one’s heart.”
Have you ever noticed how rumors tend to spread easily and quickly like wild fire flying through dry grass? Have you noticed that the fire won’t quit until all available fuel has been consumed or it has been doused in water. And have you ever noticed how the fire leaves a scarred landscape behind it? Rumors destroy and leave scars that take a long time to heal. Rumors are stopped when people choose not to listen to them and stop ‘sharing’ them.
I remember speaking with a gentleman who was very upset about some information that he had been told, a rumor, about me. Instead of getting clarification first, he assumed that what he had heard was true. After speaking harshly with me and questioning my ability to lead, I finally asked him a few questions so I could figure out what was going on. He would not let me know who had passed on the rumor to him but he did explain what he had heard. I then was able to respond and let him know that what had been said was incorrect and and why it was incorrect. The crazy thing was, that he still blamed me for allowing the rumor to take place, not that I had any control over it. Rumors can go so deep into the receiver’s heart that they respond to it in an unhealthy way. In this case, I was accused of both doing wrong and then allowing such a rumor to take hold.
On the other hand, I remember hearing of another rumor that was starting to take place. I was informed of it by a friend who told me that it had come to his ears. He immediately asked the person if they had talked with myself to see if it was true, which he had not, and therefore told him it was wrong to keep spreading it. My friend also informed him that he knew the rumor was false and was only based on circumstantial information that was not in context. This friend protected me from rumors. He stopped the wild fire that could have caused scar marks in my relationship with others.
Rumors destroy but Kingdom Builders create. Let me encourage you to be one who doesn’t pass on rumors of destruction but rather a person who builds others up for the glory of God!