In the Name of the Father Son and Holy Spirit One God Amen
I feel that God has been causing me realize alot of things as of late, he has helped me to let go of things that were keeping me from being better spiritually. I had a few issues just this past year with things that are now not a big deal to me at all, by the Grace and mercy of God. I have been trying to continue this trend of realizations by dropping old habits (facebook) and adding new ones, ( like reading Spiritual articles and books), or instead of talking on the phone, listening to a sermon.
....but it seems easier to do these things when I'm by myself, its when people come into the scenario that things become more difficult. Keeping clean interactions with people. For example, I have my group of friends who are all Orthodox and involved with church- we have a unique bond in that we are young American born youth who really love our faith. We support each other by talking about the status of our churches and giving one another pointers and things of the sort and just talking about anything really.
Sometimes though we venture into "gossip" territory or for example one of my friends vents to me about someone at her church who makes he/she angry or who did something ridiculous. I try to give he/she advice on what to do or tell the friend to make excuses for the person but sometimes it actually makes the situation worse because they argue with me about how there is no excuse. I want to say this is inappropriate, lets change the subject but then I feel bad and don't want the person to feel ashamed or that I am acting as if I am a better person or something so I end up quietly listening to the story. and feeling bad afterward.
I don't know how to handle it when people gossip without being rude or seeming to act as if I am better which is not true? How do you guys handle this? Any advice? ???
Im not only looking out for my spiritual life but also there's because I know they are running the race of Christianity and as their Christian sister, I don't want this to be a stumbling block
This also goes for any inappropriate talk by the way!! How to get around it?!