As did most of you, I grew up believing in the golden rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Whenever someone would try to gossip with me, I often wondered what they said about me when I wasn’t around. A gossip is a person who habitually reveals personal or sensational facts about others (Webster). This caused me to put my guard up. I rarely let people in, especially if I know what they say about others. Slander takes it a step further with the intent being to defame and damage the reputation of another. The Bible has nothing good to say about gossips and slanderers. Gossip and slander are cancers to relationships. Let’s use our time in conversation to edify and encourage, to build up and not tear down.
Proverbs 17:4: “Wrongdoers eagerly listen to gossip; liars pay close attention to slander.”