Summary: What we say about others determines largely whether we remain in God’s presence.
Gossip & slander - the evil, the damage, the cause and the cure
What we say about others determines largely whether we remain in God’s presence
Ps 15:1-3 LORD, who may enter your Temple? Who may worship on Zion, your sacred hill? (Who can live in Your presence and in Your power?) A person who obeys God in everything and always does what is right, whose words are true and sincere, and who does not slander others. He does no wrong to his friends nor spreads rumors about his neighbors. TEV
Verse 3 TLB Anyone who refuses to slander others, does not listen to gossip, never harms his neighbor (that person lives in God’s presence and in His power)
God hates discord in the Church, He blesses unity and then the devil’s kingdom trembles
Prov 6:16 These six things the LORD hates… one who sows discord among brethren.
Ps 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity.. For there the LORD commanded the blessing—Life forevermore
Eph 3:10 To the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places,
Webster’s dictionary definitions of gossip and slander:
Gossip: (1) What - A rumor or report of an intimate nature.
(2) Who - A person who habitually reveals personal or sensational facts.
Slander: The utterance of false charges or misrepresentations which defame and damage another’s reputation.
Some of the things that gossip does and what it reveals about the gossiper
Prov 16:28 An evil man sows strife; gossip separates the best of friends. TLB
Prov 18:8 The words of a whisperer or talebearer are as dainty morsels (to those eager to hear - maybe already having ought or envy against the victim, but); they go down (as wounds KJV) into the innermost parts of the body AMP
Prov 16:27 Evil people look for ways to harm others…their words burn with evil TEV
(idle lips are the devil’s mouthpiece TLB)
Gossipers don’t realize they’re being used by demons from which gossip comes & spreads
Eccl 10:20 Don't bad-mouth…not even under your breath…even in the privacy of your home. Loose talk has a way of getting picked up and spread around. Little birds drop the crumbs of your gossip far and wide. MESSAGE
Eph 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers…rulers of the darkness….wicked spirits in high places.
What is God’s counsel to us Christians on the subject of talking about the faults of others
Prov 11:13 He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy and faithful in spirit keeps the matter hidden. AMP
Prov 17:9 He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love, but he who repeats or harps on a matter separates even close friends. AMP
Prov 26:20 Without wood, a fire goes out; without gossip, quarreling stops TEV
Col 3:13 Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you must do