Talebearer: One Who Thrives Off Stolen Information

Proverbs 18:8 Dissected & Defined

The words of a talebearer (teller of tales) are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost (deepest) parts of the belly.

Daily-Devo Paraphrase

A talebearer is a “busybody.” They tell stories that are not fit to be told, and they tell them with an air of exaggeration or outright fallacy that they become nothing more than tales or untruths. 

A Talebearer Cannot Be Trusted With Information

Busybodies cannot be trusted with information. Their information cannot be considered dependable either. They traffic in information plus interest. They add something to everything they hear. That is, what they say is more interesting than what they heard. It is done to produce a profit.

Not a financial profit, but rather an experiential profit. For they are no better than drug addicts who seek to gain a break from reality. When a talebearer gets a juicy tale in which to tell, they care not for whom it may harm. They are purely trafficking in self-pleasure. Scientists have proven that critical spirits and lying vanities produce a serotonin hit in the brain that acts just like an opiate. It is proven to be 100% addictive. 

A Talebearer Thrives Off Stolen Information

Talebearers are junket junkies! A junket is defined as “stolen entertainment.” These fable fellows find facts and fuse it with fiction and frustrate their friends. They do all of this to get high on their own supply! It is entertainment to them! 

People who do these types of things do not realize that the temporary satisfaction of a well-worded fable will only foil their future.

I know of people who are so unhappy. They spend much time frolicking around different functions so that they might find fodder for their fables. And they’ll frantically focus on every forgotten phrase and hope to elaborate in some eloquent way. Then they spin their yarn as they do great harm. As they do this, they get a temporary fix for their tireless frustrations. Yet, those who hear the fable will surely pass it on, and those who know the facts behind the fable will only experience deeper hurts as it continues to be forced upon their friends.

Rumors are like butter. They are easy to spread, but they are impossible to un-spread!

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Steve Curington grew up in a Christian home and graduated from North Love Christian School in 1984. After high school, Steve started a 10-year addiction to alcoholism and cocaine. After a serious car accident, Steve found complete sobriety through his relationship with Jesus Christ. After his recovery in 1996, Steve began Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based addiction ministry. What started as a humble, Friday night addiction class with four regular attendees in Rockford, Illinois, grew to a class of more than 300 people from the community and then spread to other churches across the country and around the world. The founder of Reformers Unanimous International (RU) died suddenly on October 30, 2010. Mr. Curington, a husband and father of five children, was only 45, but he accomplished more in his 15 years of ministry than many do in a lifetime. We know his work, his writing, his voice, and his reach will live on.

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