Summary: Is gossip a sin? Here's a sermon that deals with that question and includes an amusing story to keep the interest of your listeners.
Are You A Gossip?
 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you;
13but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
14If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.
15But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people's matters.
16Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.
17For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?
18Now "If the righteous one is scarcely saved,Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?"
19Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.
How many want to live a life pleasing to Jesus?
What are some things you could do that would not please him?
How about gossip?
What is gossip?
Is there anything in the Bible about gossip?
Is it a sin?
Do you think "gossiping" is as bad as adultery?
Is it as bad as murder?
Today I'm going to tell you a story
about two people who attended worship services
at Ravenwood Church.
Mildred Clawson was a 62 year old woman
who had never been married.
She was known as the town gossip.
George Maxwell was a 65 year old bachelor
who served as the treasurer at Ravenswood Church.
What is Gossip?
a. Slander "character assassination", ,
Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor,
Him I will destroy;
The one who has a haughty look and a proud heart,
Him I will not endure.
Whoever hides hatred has lying lips,
And whoever spreads slander is a fool.
Have you done that?
The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles,
And they go down into the inmost body.
He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets;
Therefore do not associate with one who flatters with his lips.
A talebearer reveals secrets,
But he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter.
Where there is no wood, the fire goes out;
And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.
A perverse man sows strife,
And a whisperer separates the best of friends.
But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people's matters.
d. Backbiting: (whispering, secret slander)
A Psalm of David.
LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle?
Who may dwell in Your holy hill?
He who walks uprightly,
And works righteousness,
And speaks the truth in his heart;
He who does not backbite with his tongue,
Nor does evil to his neighbor,
Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend;
One day, Mildred started a nasty rumor around town
that George Maxwell was a drunkard.
She told that to all of her lady friends...
as she talked to them on the telephone.
She told the mail carrier.
It didn't take long for Mildred's story...
to spread all over town.
Eventually, the story got to the church pastor.
He was concerned about what was being said about...
a member of his church.
What Causes Gossip?
a. Hateful, angry heart,
You shall not go about as a talebearer among your people; nor shall you take a stand against the life of your neighbor: I am the LORD.
17 'You shall not hate your brother in your heart. You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him. 18 You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.
b. Pride & envy,
being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
2 Cor. 12:20
For I fear lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I wish, and that I shall be found by you such as you do not wish; lest there be contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, backbitings, whisperings, conceits, tumults;