How Do YOU VIEW GOSSIP?

GOSSIP: Gossip is wicked and vicious because it is done in secret. This sin not only rests upon the one gossiping, but also upon the one who joyfully listens. Bible scriptures define Gossip as “a whispering” saying words about a person that we do not want that person to hear, hurtful words and sometimes untrue words. Gossip becomes slander when false information or inaccurate perceptions about a person is spoken openly to discredit them.

Gossip stems from:
•Fear or intimidation of confrontation due to misunderstanding, offense, disappointment or anger
•Lack of acceptance of current circumstance
•Anger, jealousy, resentment, hatred of a person
•Insecurity or negative empowerment

Gossip Consequences: (“The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.” – Proverbs 18:21 NLT)
-Regret after learning your perceptions or information was wrong.
•Damages or scars caused to the person’s character, reputation, credibility…
•Negative relational effects: separation, uncomfortably from people and person talked about.

Get right with the person you gossiped about: (“A perverse man sows strife, and a whisperer (gossip) separates the best of friends”-Proverbs 16:28)

•Pray for the person you gossiped about
•If possible go to that person and ask for their forgiveness.
•If possible go to the people you gossiped to and ask for their forgiveness for involving them in this sinful destructive behavior.
•Try to repair the damage done to relationship/s separated due to gossip.

Get right with God:
•Confess to God that you were unkind to engage in gossip, lied and betrayed person by taking behind their back.
•Repent for making a poor choice to engage in gossip.
•Ask God to restore relationships and any damage the gossip or slander has caused.

Believe Gods Word:
“A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much” (Proverb 20:19).
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear” (Ephesians 4:29).

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~ by ubcky4 on February 14, 2012.

One Response to “How Do YOU VIEW GOSSIP?”

  1. I enjoyed reading this .There is alot of truth in what you said.I been around groups in church gossiping about others and i would walk away.I been gossip about but they were lies.Because i got married young i had to not true I was married in 1959 and my first child was born june 1960,Do the math!!!Its wrong to spread rumors and lies on people .Thats not God’s way .He hates a liar.the truth is so easy spoken not hurting someone behind their back.thank you for writting this.I hope alot of people reads it.I love my God and I love people .I see things that could be change but the person is whom you need to be talking too,not around their backs. May God bless you and all who reads this,

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