Gossip – the word itself “hisses!” Gossip poisons lives, torches reputations and pollutes souls! Just as a great forest can be set ablaze by a single spark, so a persons’ reputation can be “torched” by a word spoken carelessly or maliciously. The following word by Charles Spurgeon is a timely reminder of the importance of controlling our tongue.
“Tale-bearing emits a threefold poison; for it injures the teller, the hearer, and the person concerning whom the tale is told. Whether the report be true or false, by the precept of God’s Word we are forbidden to spread it.” (Spurgeon)
As a “second witness” to testify to the destructiveness of Gossip, I include the following brief essay by an unknown author. It speaks for itself. Let it speak to you.
My name is Gossip. I have no respect for justice. I maim without killing. I Break hearts and ruin lives. I am cunning and malicious and gather strength with age. The more I am quoted, the more I am believed.
My victims are helpless. They cannot protect themselves against me because I have no name and no face.
To track me down is impossible. The harder you try, the more elusive I become. I am nobody’s friend. Once I tarnish a reputation, it is never the same.
I topple governments and wreck marriages. I ruin careers and cause sleepless nights. I make the innocent cry. Even my name hisses. I am called Gossip.
I make headlines and create headaches. Before you repeat a story ask yourself:
- Is it true
- Is it harmless?
- Is it necessary?
If it isn’t, then don’t repeat it!
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but only that which is good to the use of edifying others, that it might minister grace unto the ears of the hearers.” (Ephesians 4:29)