By: Ethel Chadwick
He Said/She Said
As believers we know that gossip is a "no-no." But somehow we all do it. Either we start the conversation or we actively participate when someone else initiates the discussion.
Either way it's so very wrong. I think we often forget that in our country it's "innocent until proven guilty." We are too quick to take someone else's word about something. It almost becomes like a game of telephone - by the time a few people have heard the story, the original plot has been distorted and grossly exaggerated.
Do me a favor. Be the person that puts an end to it. When someone comes to you with a tale about someone, speak up. Tell them you don't want to hear it, that it's wrong to talk about someone, even if you know it to be true. Remember, you don't have all the facts, and chances are that the other person doesn't either.
The next time you are tempted to share information, don't do it! With God's help you can use self control.
Can you forgive the person who spreads gossip about you? Yes, with God's help you can -- and that's a topic for another time.
Proverbs 20:19: Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with a simple babbler.