You’re wondering what the “G” word is. Well let me tell you: it’s “gossip,” and it is everywhere.
Gossip can take root in many conversations, and can actually have the ability to change the way you think and feel about someone. It breaks down relationships and hinders trust. Sadly, it normally consist of spreading rumors, lies, and negativity about someone in their absence which leaves them unable to defend themselves with truth.
I have had my fair share of joining in on gossip and it never ended well. I gossiped so much about the person I barely knew that I began to believe the lies I shared. Whenever I came in contact with that person, I looked down on them all because of hear-say.
Silly, right? I know. But this is what happens daily: in the workplace, amongst “friends,” and even family. We like the idea of juicy gossip and thrive on it to feed our pride.
Yet, we should do this instead:
As Christians, we are called to be separated from the world (in our actions and thoughts), but when we believe and speak on lies we conjoin ourselves.
Gossip is a tactic used by the enemy. So when we gossip we are glorifying the enemy and not our Heavenly Father. Not only that, but we can lose our witness to win others to Jesus Christ which is the word we should be spreading.
Avoiding the temptation to slander others can be difficult, but it is important to remove these conversations. God cares about us so much that he wants us to be free of anything that is not of him. And surely, there is nothing about gossip that honors God as we destroy others with our words.
I encourage you to study what the bible says about this topic if this is something you struggle with. Make the decision to only use words that will edify others. Make the choice to standout and be different by using your words to bring life, not destroy it.
Scriptures to meditate on:
Matthew 5:16: “Let you light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven.”
Ephesians 4:29: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building up others according to their needs.”
Proverbs 16:28: “A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends.”
Romans 12:2: “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”