Gossip. Sometimes I think, as Christians, we may believe we are immune to gossip. Webster defines gossip as being trifling talk especially about other persons. He says a gossiper is a person who is an idle talker, or who discusses other persons’ affairs. It is so easy to slip into the role of a gossiper when we are overcome with emotions. We are all guilty of gossip at one time or another, but it is good for us to be reminded so we can, as the old saying goes, “get up and try one more time” to be better. Now Webster’s definition is good, but as Christians, we want to know what the Bible has to say about gossip, or idle talk, don’t we? Let’s look at a sampling of what the Bible has to say.
Ephesians 4:29 – “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
Ephesians 5:4 – “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.”
2 Timothy 2:14-16 – “Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness,”
Matthew 12:36 – “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,”
Matthew 5:37 – “Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.”
It’s a little frightening, isn’t it? But, by being reminded of what the word of God says, doesn’t it make us want to re-examine our speech and determine to do better? I know it does for me. And when I think of a family I know that is torn apart, for over a year now, due to gossip, it brings to light the dangers that gossip imposes.
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my rock, and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 ESV