“These six things the LORD hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: …one who sows discord among brethren.” Proverbs 6:16 & 19b.
“The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge the righteous will be delivered.” Proverbs 11:9.
Have you ever had someone slide up to you and tell you something about someone you never met, and it caused you to think bad about that person? But when the opportunity came to meet the individual; you got to see first hand, that the person was not anything like what you had been told. Your first mistake was listening to the negative words about someone you did not even know. And your second mistake was getting an attitude about that person.
Have you ever wondered why slanderous busybodies never mention the good qualities about others? Why is it they never point out their own faults? Why is it they never say, “You might want to watch out for me, because I like to destroy the character of others?” or they never say, “you ever notice why no one wants to be around me, is because I’m always talking way too much about things I shouldn’t be talking about?” The reason most slanderous busybodies talk about the faults of others is to keep the focus off of them.
We must clearly understand when we gossip, we defame the character of others; we are sowing discord among our brothers and sisters in the body of Christ. Discord is one of the seven things that are an abomination to God. Now that should make us think twice about maligning others. To those who have a problem with gossip, you must remember, you will always “reap what you sow.” Just as sure as you are running down someone else; there is someone running you down. Gossip is dangerous, and once it is out, it is impossible to retrieve.
There is a story about a young man during the Middle Ages who went to a monk, saying, “I’ve sinned by telling slanderous statements about someone. What should I do now?” The monk replied, “Put a feather on every doorstep in town.” The young man did it. He then returned to the monk, wondering if there was anything else that he should do. The monk said, “Go back and pick up all the feathers.” The young man replied, “That’s impossible! By now the wind will have blown them all over town! Said the monk, “So has your slanderous gossip become impossible to retrieve.” Think about it!
Your servant in Christ,