Do you have a problem with gossip? Or do you constantly find yourself surrounded by people who are gossiping? Proverbs 16:28 states, “A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.” There are many things wrong with gossip, but one of the worst is it can lead to separation of long term friendships. . Imagine you entrusted your close friend with a secret simply because you needed to confide in a friend. However, after a couple of days, you find out that the secret has now become public knowledge. A typical reaction includes one of shock, your feelings hurt, perhaps even angry over the matter. Of course, you would be disheartened and feel betrayed, as a close friend lead you to believe you could confide in them. Even though the friend might try exceedingly hard to apologize for their actions, it can never be as it were before due to the loss of trust.
People who are chronic gossip are also tend to be chronic liars. They conjure and fabricate lies to bring down their victims; seeking out tales to tell about others. Proverbs 11:9 states, “With their mouths the godless destroy their neighbors, but through knowledge the righteous escape.” The Bible outlines, explicitly, time-after-time the dangers and downfalls of gossip. It is important to steer conversation away from this.
Gossip is a sin and the Word of God warns that there is a disastrous end to it. Therefore, as a parent, you should not have anything to do with those who gossips because your children and wards will learn it from you. Proverbs 20:19 states, “He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, therefore do not associate with a gossip.” Not only should you stay away from gossiping yourself, but you should stay away from those that gossip too.
Tragically, society has almost succeeded in making gossip trendy and a way of life, undermining the consequences that come with it. Gossip and slander has done more harm to families and the entire society, than many other things. It has made people become more susceptible to lies, while decreasing the trust instilled in one another. Gossip can single handedly destroy friendships, and disrupt entire families. There are channels on television dedicated to gossip, publications on the internet for the purpose of delving into others’ lives, and columns in newspapers and magazines that render all facts, to those of opinions. These are all different modes of fabricating lies about famous people that has given the public, a wrong perception about them. These modes of gossip have led gullible members within our society to believe anything they are told about others, and this is wrong.
God holds great disdain for gossip, and so should we. If you are a parent involved in this unwholesome activity, work to rid yourself of such sin, and distance yourself from those that cause you to stumble down this malicious path. The wrath of God is coming on those who gossip about others, whether for fun or malicious reasons. Proverbs 6:16-19 states, “There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil, A false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers.” Rid yourself of gossip, and stick to the truth that God has instilled upon your heart.