No Whispering

Whoever spreads slander is a fool. (Proverbs 10:18 NKJV))

“Sally told me that Linda told her that Debbie’s husband is having an affair.” “Robert heard from Don that Jim has filed bankruptcy.” “I promised not to tell anyone, but…” Gossip. Idle talk. Slander. Rumor. A rumor is information, often a mix of truth and untruth, shared without confirmation or certainty of fact. Rumors are hearsay. The archaic definition of rumor is “continuous, confused noise; clamor.” 

Gossip hurts. It is malicious. It damages another’s reputation, destroys friendships, and divides families. It is verbal assassination of a person’s character. Gossip is whispering behind someone’s back. “A whisperer separates the best of friends” (Proverbs 16:28). An English teacher once conducted an experiment on accuracy. She asked her class of fifteen students move their chairs into a circle. She whispered five sentences into the ear of the student on her left. Each student then whispered those sentences to the student on her left until the last student whispered it back to the teacher. Not one of the original five sentences had remained. And the final five sentences were in no way related to the original five sentences! Each time information is shared, the less accurate it becomes. The best way to avoid speaking gossip is to choose not to listen to it. When someone says, “I’m not supposed to tell anyone…” I immediately respond with, “Then don’t.” Hear no evil, speak no evil!

Father of all truth, help me to keep my words kind, thoughtful, and true. Set a watch over my mouth so that everything I say is pleasing to You.

Angie (OH)

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