Nearly all of us have participated in gossip at some point in our lives. Children do it, teenagers are notorious for spreading gossip, and adults are not exempt from this behavior as well.
Even if you’re not actively participating in gossip when you checkout at many grocery stores you’re often surrounded by tabloids exploiting the lives of celebrities and public figures.
A little story
One day when I was at the checkout line in Walmart a married couple proceeded to get in line behind me. When the husband saw a display rack full of tabloid magazines he suggested to his wife that they stand in another line. It was obvious the husband didn't want his wife to read those filthy magazines.
Despite his request she picked-up one anyway while he stood in another line. The tabloid magazine made it so tempting to read gossip articles that this woman blatantly disregarded her husband's wishes.
So why do we gossip and how is it detrimental to our spiritual walk? Keep reading as I explore this important topic.
What is Gossip?
According to Merriam-Webster dictionary gossip can be defined as follows:
: information about the behavior and personal lives of other people
: information about the lives of famous people
: a person who often talks about the private details of other people's lives
Read what the bible says about busybodies (gossipers):
- 1 Timothy 5:13 - And withal they learn [to be] idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.
- 1 Peter 4:15 - But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or [as] a thief, or [as] an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.
- Proverbs 24:2 - For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.
- Titus 2:3 - The aged women likewise, that [they be] in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
Why Do We Gossip?
There are many reasons as to why people gossip and none of them are justified. Watch my YouTube video: The Ugly Truth About Gossiping to learn more.
Spreading Gossip stunts Your spiritual growth
If you ever need a reason to stop gossiping think about how the Pharisees slandered and gossiped about Jesus Christ in the bible. They were so full of pride and malicious intent that they rejected the Messiah they've been waiting for standing right in front of them.
Their hearts were so harden that Jesus Himself told them their father was the devil. That says a lot about how gossip can stunt your spiritual growth.
The devil is in the business of bringing you closer to him and away for God. If you're separated from God, how can you mature in your faith? You can't.
We are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves according to Matthew 22:39. So, would you spread gossip, rumors, and slander about yourself? Of course not because it is hurtful and demonstrates the lack of love towards yourself. So why do you get a free pass to spread gossip about a co-worker, family member, stranger, friend, celebrity, etc?
How can you be all God has called you to be if you're exploiting people's lives? God can not use you to your fullest potential if you're in out right sin.
And lets not forget we are held accountable for EVERY idle word spoken Matthew 12:36. Each one of us have enough to answer for, why add on to our list?
We should be building up, encouraging, and uplifting each other, not tearing each other down through gossip and slander.
Words do hurt from time to time and you don't want to be responsible for leading people away from Christ because you're a gossiper.
The purpose of me bringing this topic up isn't to boast about how perfect I am because I'm far from it. My goal was to plant a seed of conviction inside of you so that the next time you think about engaging in Gossip you'll think twice about giving into Satan's wiles.
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Have you've been hurt by gossip or accused of being a gossiper. If so, please share in the comments.
Watch My YouTube Video:
The Ugly Truth About Gossiping