Sweet tidbits of intrigue and scandalous information – or at least unflattering descriptions.

Gossip, typically is welcome . . . unless it is about us.

THEN – – gossip quickly is recognized as a hurtful distortion of facts, or an unnecessary revealing of truths.

Be thoughtful about how gossip is a dagger when it features you or someone you love.

THEN – – realize that gossip always has a victim, and those who share it are holding the dagger.

Even when we are “only listening”, we are in effect giving our approval like the unconverted Saul holding the robes of those who stoned Stephen.

One reason we don’t take gossip more seriously (when we are not the victim), is that we are not fully convinced of how serious it is.

Look over these passages and notice the company of sins in which the Bible places gossip.

“They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are GOSSIPS, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil” (Romans 1:29-30)

“I fear that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish—that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, GOSSIP, conceit, and disorder.” (2 Corinthians 12:20)

If gossip were a person, you would not want your children spending time in their company.

Erik Raymond shares helpful thoughts in this article “How to Shut Down Gossip”.

Let’s prayerfully use Erik’s article in two ways:

#1. Strengthen our convictions to Shut Down Gossip

#2. Equip ourselves in the best ways to Shut Down Gossip

As Erik says in his conclusion, “Let’s step our game up and, starting with ourselves, work to shut down gossip.”