Gossip and Speculation

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Gossip became a special interest to many people in 15th century Florence, Italy. In particular, this obsession was focused on stone benches that lined its streets. The people who visited this area were known as “know-it-alls of the benches.”

Historian Ross King has detailed how “men from all walks of life sat and gossiped” on these benches, listening to “lies or little stories.” Their thoughts often turned to “envy and suspicion.”

The people of ancient Athens had similar interests, frequently gathering to discuss the latest ideas. They may have had appealing theories on religion and philosophy, but Paul spoke with an unshakable confidence. He wanted them to know that “what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you.”

Paul could be this confident because he knew God personally! God was not merely a nice idea. Belief in Him was not just a theory to be debated. Paul knew that He was “the Lord of heaven and earth,” and He desired to have a relationship with each person.

Even today, people often are obsessed with gossip, theories, or trivia. They take delight in listening to and spreading rumors. They enjoy swapping stories or debating the latest ideas. Often this is motivated by a desire to impress others.

Paul warned that we should not waste our time in this kind of “endless discussion.” Such an activity only leads to “meaningless speculations, which don’t help people live a life of faith in God” (1 Timothy 1:4 NLT).

Be careful not to let your thoughts be shaped by this world or trapped in endless speculation. Instead, fill your mind with God’s Word. Make Jesus the Lord of every part of your life. Draw near to the Lord, and seek to become more confident in your relationship with Him.