Gossip & Slander

Proverbs 17:4

 Wrongdoers eagerly listen to gossip;
liars pay close attention to slander.

In our lifetime there are many of us that just love to lean in to gossip[, they love the thought of saying bad things about other people and find joy in doing just that. But when I think back about the things I may have said or listened to I get sick to my stomach.

There is no joy in talking bad about others, if people think that just because someone did something they didn’t agree with is cause to hurt or slander others then shame on them, because you know as much as you would slander someone else or get caught up in a conversation saying unkind words about a good person or even if they aren’t good, it’s going to effect you in the long run.

Yes, you can stumble, people can talk about you too. Do you live in such a perfect world that you are untouchable by words of slander? NO, everyone has an opportunity to turn the other way and here is how you can prevent this from happening:

~When the whispering begins, walk away. People will think you are a snob but you are preventing a landslide when you do this.

~Choose not to be part of ganging up on someone, instead just say, I don’t want to talk about this, either change the subject or exit.

You will always be faced with this opportunity to talk bad or gossip about anyone else, but stop, think of how your words can travel right back to that person in an indirect way. Sometimes what we say gets misinterpreted and we are then the victim of a hurt, upset, situation.

Think first of how the person would receive these words and stop yourself from being a part of a very unkind situation.Blessings on your day and hoping you will be refreshed in knowing we can always go to Christ with this sin.



4 thoughts on “Gossip & Slander

  1. Ron Whited says:

    “But when I think back about the things I may have said or listened to I get sick to my stomach.”

    I don’t know how a more powerful statement could be made regarding gossip. If this doesn’t hit us all right where we live I don’t know what else would.

    Well thought out post!


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