Posted by Pastor Szekely on May 16, 2007
The word gossip is understood today as the spreading of rumors and misinformation. One may be called a gossip because he or she runs about telling idle tales and “half-truths”. It’s similar to the game where a story is told to the first person, then that person tells the next person what he remembers of what was said [i.e. his version], and so on down the line until the story has been passed through everybody involved. Most times at the end of the line, the story has mutated into something different from it’s original content…that would be gossip.
Do you have a problem with this? I’ve been saved and serving my Lord for over 18 years, and because of being in the military and being transferred to different locations and being a member of 5 different Independent Baptist churches through this time, I’d like to think that what I’m about to say will have validity: There is a real problem with gossip among many followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Proverbs 18:8, “The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.”
This real problem of gossip that tends to tear up homes, relationships, and even churches is a real sin problem. “Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.” James 3:5-6
Know this: Your talk controls your walk. “For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able to bridle the whole body.” James 3:2. Just think with me for a moment…think of a person who gossips…what is their walk like? For what are they noted? Well, if you thought of someone because that person gossips, that person just may be noted for being a gossip! Their talk controls their walk…people are shy about sharing things with them for fear of it becoming the “town-talk”…they’re seemingly in everybody’s business…their body needs to be bridled!
Please…please…be careful with your speech! Edify and build up with your words instead of using them to tear down! Gossiping should not even be mentioned among God’s people. It’s hurtful…it’s wounding…and it’s wicked. Your speech is a spark → is it a spark to be desired or a spark that’s damaging? “…the tongue is a little member…Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!”