Putting a Stop to Gossip

A gossip goes around telling secrets, but those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence (Prov 11:13 NLT)

In 1752, a group of Methodist men, including John Wesley, signed a covenant which every man agreed to hang on his study wall. The six articles of this solemn agreement were as follows:    

1. That we will not listen or willingly inquire after ill concerning one another

2. That, if we do hear any ill of each other, we will not be forward to believe it

3. That as soon as possible we will communicate what we hear by speaking or writing to the person concerned

4. That until we have done this, we will not write or speak a syllable of it to any other person

5. That neither will we mention it, after we have done this, to any other person

6. That we will not make any exception to any of these rules unless we think ourselves absolutely obliged in conference.

Talk about an Anti-Gossip Pact!

Always remember: that the person who tells you “Don’t tell this to a soul” has probably told all the souls you know.

Bible reading:

He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, Therefore do not associate with a gossip (Prov 20:19 NASB)

Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way (Col 3:17 MSG)

Listening to gossip is like eating cheap candy; do you really want junk like that in your belly? (Prov 18:8 MSG)

Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble ( Prov 21:23 NLT)

When arguing with your neighbor, don’t betray another person’s secret. Others may accuse you of gossip, and you will never regain your good reputation ……As surely as a north wind brings rain, so a gossiping tongue causes anger! (Prov 25:9-10, 23 NLT)

Fire goes out without wood, and quarrels disappear when gossip stops (Prov 26:20 NLT)

Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift…..Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, profane talk. Be gentle with one another, sensitive (Eph 4:29,31 MSG)

Though some tongues just love the taste of gossip, those who follow Jesus have better uses for language than that. Don’t talk dirty or silly. That kind of talk doesn’t fit our style. Thanksgiving is our dialect….. (Eph 5:4, 15 MSG)

Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out (Col 4:6 MSG)

If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless (James 1:26 NLT)

Does anyone want to live a life that is long and prosperous? Then keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies! (Psa 34:12-13 NLT)


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