Gossip

Romans 1:29-32. being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.

Proverbs 20:19  He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, Therefore do not associate with a gossip.

Proverbs 11:12-13  He who despises his neighbor lacks sense, But a man of understanding keeps silent. He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is trustworthy conceals a matter.

 

Gossip: The Hebrew word translated “gossip” in the Old Testament is defined as “one who reveals secrets, one who goes about as a talebearer or scandal-monger.” A gossiper is a person who has privileged information about people and proceeds to reveal that information to those who have no business knowing it.

Over the years as I talked to the Lord, and continued to unpack His Word, it began to dawn on me how much more serious he took the sin of gossip than I thought. Yes I knew gossip was a sin, I knew it was just one of many I have committed, and still do on occasion. But what gossip really was, how it worked, and how much destruction Satan could cause by using the words I spoke, I wasn’t aware of as much as it should have been. I was also influenced by brothers and sisters in Christ who didn’t seem to take God’s Word about gossip seriously enough either. I heard comments like, we were just talking, I did not say anything that would hurt anyone, oh well it was just the truth, and so on. Because of my business back ground, gossip about me that I heard about, did not affect me very much, plus I was prone to seek out the person or persons responsible and try and reconcile it with them. As a member of four different churches, which I thought were good bible believing, teaching churches of Christ, I have personally seen what gossip and pride could do within a body of Christ. Being the analytical person God made me, I wanted to find out why the division I saw happened. Pride was a big factor, but people gossiping about each other brought the pride out in the open. Most of the time, it was something very simple that could have been reconciled between them if it was confronted Biblically. It became apparent to me that the best way to keep unity intact is to be very careful about what I say at all times. I need to make sure I do not say anything that could be harmful, intentional or not. I should not say anything about someone I would not say to their face. If I have any doubts, I should say nothing. Make sure my brain is in gear and has deeply thought about what I want to say before saying it.

 

Proverbs 26:20  For lack of wood the fire goes out, And where there is no whisperer, contention quiets down.

 

1.Intent. Gossipers often have the goal of building themselves up by making others look bad and exalting themselves as some kind of repositories of knowledge. 2.The type of information shared. Gossipers speak of the faults and failings of others, or reveal potentially embarrassing or shameful details regarding the lives of others without their knowledge or approval. Even if they mean no harm, it is still gossip.