Living in a small town it seems rumors run like wild fire. In reality, they do everywhere but in a small town you hear a lot more of them. The possibility of rumors and gossip abound when someone finds something they don\u2019t like, sees something they are certain means another thing is true or have a true fact that would look bad on another. Like that guy giving samples outside the Chinese place in the mall, they provide just enough of a taste that you find yourself wanting to know more. This happens on the phone, texting, in personal conversation, in social media and pretty much everywhere people get together. How can this end? To begin, it\u2019s not easy. James 3 has a short essay on how \u201cno human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.\u201d The tongue is quite difficult to control. It\u2019s like a wild, stubborn animal with no desire to be tamed. However, if we are \u201cnew creations\u201d (2 Corinthians 5:17) then we should be different. The fruit we produce should look more like the fruit of the Spirit and less like the fruit of the sinful nature. And I don\u2019t recall \u201cgossip\u201d being part of the fruit of the Spirit. Our speech should encourage people to keep on walking in the faith. 1 Thessalonians 5 talks about Christ\u2019s return, but until that time we are to \u201cencourage one another and build each other up.\u201d Hebrews 3:13 tells us to \u201cencourage oneanother daily, as long as it is called \u2018Today\u2019, so that none of you may be hardened by sin\u2019s deceitfulness.\u201d We, instead of gossiping, are to encourage one another to continue following Christ. Instead of putting someone down, we should encourage them. Instead of spreading rumors, we should go to the person. If someone is truly sinning, instead of talking to everyone else Matthew 18:15 says, \u201cgo and point out their fault, just between the two of you.\u201d Do you have a hard time escaping the lure of spreading rumors and listening to gossip? Replace that habit with one of encouraging others in their walk with Christ and, if an issue does come up, go and patiently talk with them one-on-one. I challenge you this week to attempt to encourage at least 3 different people each day. Lets\u2019 live\u2026and talk\u2026like Christ.