“The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man’s inmost parts.” Proverbs 18:8
“Hey, did you hear about…?”
There’s just something about gossip (intimate, private or sensational stores told about someone behind their back) that causes the sinful ear to want to lean in and listen. What’s probably worse, is then the sinful mouth wants to share what it hears with another set of ears. The Christian must fight the urge to gossip at any level. Gossip has a way of destroying people and their reputations like little else. If “doing unto others as you would have them do unto you” (words of Jesus Himself) has any bearing in the world, it no doubt applies to gossip. Honestly, would you want gossip being spread about you behind your back? So, the next time someone says, “Hey, did you hear about….?” You might ask if it’s gossip they’re trying to share. If it is, tell them you won’t be a party to it. If they think your a freak, tell them you’re a Jesus freak!
“A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends.” Proverbs 16:28