The moment somebody begins to gossip, stop them and ask, “Why do I need to know this? Have you talked to the person you’re talking about?”

Wise up! People who gossip can’t be trusted! The Bible says that when you listen to gossip you are a troublemaker. The book of gossipProverbs is full of references to gossip.  “Wrongdoers eagerly listen to gossip.”(Pr 17:4), “dishonest people use gossip to destroy their neighbors” (11:9),  and it goes on and on. And the internet has only made the problem worse because now you can spread gossip faster and wider, and remain anonymous while you are doing it.

Paul speaks about those who “devour one another…”(Gal 5:15) and Solomon said, “Gossips reveal secrets; don’t associate with those who talk too much.” (Pr 20:19) In other words, keep clear of them. The quickest way to end gossip is to confront those who are spreading it. The church is not a “tell all” television show where we expose people and hang out their dirty linen for all the world to see. Quite the opposite: “Fire goes out for lack of fuel, and tensions disappear when gossip stops.” (Pr 26:20)

Jesus taught us how to deal with personal difficulties when they arise: (1) “Work it out between the two of you.” (2) “If he(she) won’t listen, take one or two others along.” (3) “If he(she) still won’t listen, tell the church(leadership).” (Matt. 18:15-17) That’s Christ’s way, and it must be our way also.

If we can learn this, it would help to avoid a lot of this from happening. Listen to this song by Casting Crowns.

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