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Ezekiel 38 to 39

Gossip is a sin. But there is something in us that is quite interested when we hear it! I wonder if there is a link between liking something we shouldn't know about someone and the first sin?

Gen 3:4 "You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. 5 "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." NIV

So Satan suggested that God had a hidden motive, and that He wasn't being entirely honest with them. Whether this is the root of all desire to hear 'secrets' or not, there is definitely a link between what we hear and what we believe.

Rom 10:17 faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. NKJV

When we hear the Word of God, faith is generated inside us and we are able to believe God and take Him at His Word.
So it is not surprising that after Jesus met the woman at the well in Samaria, we read her neighbours saying:

John 4:42 "We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Saviour of the world." NIV

When we hear the Word for ourselves we believe!
I have a drum I bang a lot, but until God tells me to 'stop that racket!' I will continue. Being a Christian is all about relationship – with God first and then with each other. Relationship is all about listening and talking to each other.
We have no need of a man as an intermediary with God – we go straight to Father. Don't depend on the Sunday morning preaching to keep you alive all week – get the Word from God yourself!
When someone makes a speech in the UK parliament and says something good, it is traditional for someone to shout 'Hear,Hear!' We should say the same to ourselves, because God is always speaking if we will hear Him.
Instead of a morsel of gossip, let's feast on the meat of His Word. When we hear for ourselves, our faith will rise and we will become confident, functioning believers.