31 Days: Don’t Gossip

Without wood a fire goes out;
without a gossip a quarrel dies down.

I really have struggled with gossip over the years.  Not that I made up lies and spread them or purposely spread untrue things.   But I think at some points in my life I prided myself in knowing something another person didn’t.  It took a few times of breaking confidence and hurting people’s feelings that I learned my job was not filling a person in on the finer points of someone else’s life.

Gossip is not just hateful or untrue talk.  It’s ANY chit-chat over someone else’s personal life.  Sure, there’s a time and place for talking about specific situations but overwhelmingly, it’s just plain old gossip.

Proverbs 18:8 from the Message says it like this: Listening to gossip is like eating cheap candy; do you really want junk like that in your belly?

It’s junk.  Just plain old junk.

Proverbs 26 continues teaching against gossip and says a quarrel would just die down if people would just quit gossiping!  Oh boy, does that strike a chord.  Everywhere from junior high to church have I seen that to be true.  Just like a fire can’t burn without wood, a lot of problems between people would just disappear if people would quit talking about the problem.

Challenge: What quarrels or arguments are you in the midst of gossiping about?  Put an end to it.

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This post is part of The Nester’s 31 Days Series


  1. Denise vick says:

    I had a pastor once who called it “murmurings.” But honestly now, what WOULD we do at church if we didn’t gossip??? (I hope you know that that is sarcasm, my favorite language)