This is what God revealed to me today:
“A man of understanding holds his tongue.“-Proverbs 11:12
I remember a friend asked me how I handle a gossip especially if it’s about me. I just smiled at her and said, “I don’t”.
Unsatisfied with my answer, she just raised her eyebrow.
You see, Christians don’t handle gossips. They shouldn’t be entertaining any of it after all. Would you rather listen to what people say than what your heart says? It’s better to enjoy the quietness brought by a clean conscience than the selfish desire to picnic on a diaspora of malicious stories that can later lead to injury and distrust. Everyone likes a good story, right? Well, not necessarily. What about the person the story is about? Does that person like the story? Probably not.
If you hear rumors spreading about your brother, should you not go directly to him and confront him? Or is your mind malicious enough to do so? If you are really concern about a person, let the gossip end with you. If you don’t passon the gossip there is nowhere for it to go.
“The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man’s inmost parts.”- Proverbs 18:8
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers… Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.”– Ephesians 4:29
“The tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.”-James 3:5-6