Monday, March 7, 2011


A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret. -Proverbs 11:13

Gossip is wrong. We know that, right? Gossip accuses people. It charges others with wrong, and people love to talk about the alleged wrongs of others. People love to put others down.

Proverbs 16:27 tells us:
A scoundrel plots evil, and on their lips it is like a scorching fire. (NIV)
Mean people spread mean gossip; their words smart and burn. (MSG)
A worthless man plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire. (ESV)
An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire. (KJV)

No matter how you say it, gossip is not good. When it is brought to your attention that you have been a victim of gossip, it may cause you to wonder. "What have I done to this person? Do I even know this person? I actually know this person. I thought that we were friends." ...or so many other things.

If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. -Matthew 18:15 if someone had a problem with you, why did you hear the gossip from someone else?

More directly, why did they gossip in the first place? Do people think about the results of their gossip? Do people intend to hurt others? Sometimes, possibly, they do.

"They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim cruel words like deadly arrows. They shoot from ambush at the innocent; they shoot suddenly, without fear." -Psalm 64:3-4

Oftentimes, I would suspect that people do not think of the results of their actions.

People gossip to feel superior. People gossip to try to impress others by being the person to have "the dirt." People gossip out of jealousy. People gossip for attention.

One of the damaging things about gossip is that it is often untrue or based on other gossip. You remember playing the telephone game when you were younger, right? One person would start by whispering something in someone's ear, and then they would whisper is in the next persons ear, and so on and so on until the last person would say it out loud. Usually, what the last person said out loud was not what the original person said.

Gossip is much like that.

When the message gets to you, what do you do with it? Do you continue to talk about people behind their backs? Do you even bother to find out the facts, or do you continue to spread the gossip?

...OR do you nip it in the bud and say, "I do not want to hear that gossip. If you have an issue with that person, then you need to go talk with them directly."

"The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing." -Proverbs 12:18

We can be cruel, hurtful, catty gossipers, or we can be the positive example and treat those around us with respect. Which is the kind of person that you would rather be?


  1. Yes, I agree and appreciate this post!!! I am the one that nips it in the bud...I don't appreciate being talked about, nor being talked to about someone else.

    Thanks for bringing this to (more) light. It's something that needs to be addressed...daily.

    Love and miss you... :) Hug the men for us, and wrap your arms around yourself for a hug from me us!!!

  2. Hi there! I came over here from the FB page Christian Mommy Bloggers! I love your blog; you have very througt-provoking posts that I enjoyed reading!

    p.s. I just became your newest follower! Have a blessed day! :)

  3. Love you, Jenn!

    A.Marie, thank you!

    Okay, Hannah, I have to admit that I went to look up chisme. Now I learned something new!