Gospel Over Gossip
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense (Greek, apologia) to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear” (I Peter 3:15).
apología (apó, "from" and lógos, "intelligent reasoning") – properly, a well-reasoned reply; a thought-out response to adequately address the issue(s) that is raised.
To argue or debate is not the goal. Why? Because it is possible to win the argument, while at the same time, lose the soul. But rather, as Christian influencers, it needs to be our gracious focus to give well-reasoned replies to those who ask about our faith in Jesus. Therefore, use these narratives to best share the heart behind your Overwear.
1.) When we gossip about others, we not only break the heart of God, but we quench the work of God in our hearts. So instead of using our tongues for gossip, let us use them as launchpads for the Gospel. Because when our hearts share the Gospel, the Gospel begins to shape our hearts.
2.) The fastest way to extinguish your gospel example is to let gossip be your anthem. You see, the Christian is called to be a hospital--a safe place of tender love and care--not a gossip hall where other people’s struggles are aired. "He who covers a transgression seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates friends" (Proverbs 17:9).