And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? –Matthew 7:3 NLT
In the Webster dictionary, the word “gossip” has the following two meanings: a person who habitually reveals personal or sensational facts about others, and a rumor or report of an intimate nature.
We all gossip at times by running to tell someone the latest news that may eventually be found untrue or hurtful. Gossip can often show its ugliness. It affects three people, the one hearing, the one speaking, and the one being gossiped about.
Often we don’t know the entire story or the motives behind the actions of the person being spoken about. It’s easy to be part of a conversation that heads down the wrong path. Gossip is nasty, and God frowns upon it. Matthew 7:1 (NLT) tells us, “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.”
We need to know exactly how God feels about gossiping and convince people what destruction it can cause. We should make every effort not to be passive nor tolerate taking any part in it. We should bring an awareness of how negative it is in the life of the church and take a stand to shut it down. As George Harrison the musician once said, “Gossip is the devil’s radio.”
- Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger. –James 1:19 ESV
- When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent. –Proverbs 10:19 ESV