What does the Bible say about Gossip? Proverbs 11:13 says, “A talebearer revealeth secrets, but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.” We all know that gossip is wrong, but if we’d be honest, we’d have to admit that we’re all guilty of gossip, either by listening, telling, or both. Yet, What does the Bible say? Proverbs 18:9 in the Message Bible says “Listening to gossip is like eating cheap candy; do you really want junk like that in your belly?”
I believe there are three things the Bible reveals to us about gossip. First of all, gossip unfairly pre-judges. We shouldn’t judge a book a by its cover, but all too often we do. Even Jesus was talked about, and pre-judged. Phillip was called to be one of His disciples, and he wanted his friend Nathaniel to meet Him. But knowing Jesus was from Nazareth, and knowing Nazareth was home to a lot of worldly riff raff type people, Nathaniel said, “….can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Phillip saith unto him, come and see.” (John 1:46b). We have no right to judge people and talk about them. Only God ‘s Son is qualified to judge anyone, because only He truly knows the whole picture, and because He died on the cross to earn the right to be our judge. In fact, according to John 5:22, “The Father hath…committed all judgment to the Son.” Secondly, gossip destroys reputations. Loose tongues hurt feelings, distort truth, scar people, and reveal hypocrisy. Then finally, gossip violates God’s rule of love. God wants us to build one another up, not tear one another down. Someone once said a good rule of thumb to go by, before we speak about anyone, is to think first. THINK: (T) Is it true? (H) Is it helpful? (I) Is it inspiring? (N) Is it nice? And (K) is it kind? If what we are about to say does not pass all of those tests, it would do us all a whole lot of good to just keep our mouth shut. Plainly and simply, we can clearly see and understand that the Bible says we should not gossip.
Pastor Randall Smith