The Fire Of Gossip

There are two verses in Proverbs 26 that deal with the words of a gossip:

Without wood a fire goes out;
without gossip a quarrel dies down. (Proverbs 26:20, NIV)

The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
they go down to a man’s inmost parts. (Proverbs 26:22, NIV)

We, as followers of Christ, cannot be given over to gossip.  Romans 1:28-29 describes the wickedness and evil of humanity.  Included in this list of vices is gossip.  Gossip leads to quarrels.  It leads to pain and suffering.  It leads to division.  God is a God of reconciliation, not division.  If we gossip about one another, we risk quarrels and division in the church and in our families and relationships.  I believe that nothing good comes of gossip.  The Hebrew word for gossip literally means to murmur or complain about someone behind their back.  If you have a problem with someone, you need to take it to that person.  Don’t complain about them behind their back.  Take it to them.  You will destroy the relationship, hurt feelings and divide.  God cannot be pleased with gossip.  The second verse (Proverbs 26:22) has implications for the one who listens to Gossip.  Don’t do it!  Rather than listening for the latest scoop, rebuke the gossiper.  Tell them to go to the person about whom they are spreading gossip.  Rather than listening to someone’s complaints, nip the gossip in the bud and tell them to take it to that person.  This is the Biblical model for dealing with issues between brothers and sisters in Christ.
PRAYER: God, I repent of my gossip.  I admit and confess that there have been times in my life when I have gossiped about others or listened to gossip.  I ask for Your forgiveness for the gossip I have spread.  Help me to do better when it comes to quenching the fire of gossip.  Amen.

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