about someone else's business? I don't know why we would ever think it's okay to
talk about someone, but we do it anyway. I have found, as many of us have, that
as we tell a story, it tends to get more dramatic each time it is retold.
Sometimes we disguise the gossip and reassure ourselves that the only
reason we're talking about it is so someone else can pray for the person we're
talking about. We don't fool God. We are human and many of us gossip. We must
admit it, repent, and stop before we open our mouths to talk.
Here's a good rule to go by: if you wouldn't say what you're about to
say in front of the person you're talking about, don't say it! Gossip can
hurt friendships, families, and the way people see you.
Equally wrong is to sit there while someone else gossips TO you about someone
else. Be bold. Walk away if there is a group. You can voice your concern that
gossip may follow and change the conversation. I've learned to not believe
everything that I hear about people. It's hard to walk away from gossip because
you don't want to be rude so you might catch some of the gossip anyway. But
don't pass judgement on someone because of something you hear. We can't do that.
We just don't know the whole story and we are not their judge.
Let's not justify our gossip. Let's be godly, to the BEST of our ability. We
may look well put together and proper on the outside, but with a gossiping
tongue, our true selves become apparent. Don't let your mouth become a vessel
for the enemy to use.
May God bless us and guard our tongues!
"Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of