Take Advice from Bible: The Sin of Rumor-Spearing

By Margaret W. Lavigne 

 

“The tongue has the power of life and death” (Proverbs 18:21).

Those who breeds trouble will trouble themselves. Those who plants seeds of bias and discrimination will take the blame. Those who deride others are prideful and narrow-minded persons. Those who speak ill of others can’t be the ones who are doing well with their life. Those who are doing well with their life are being tender, grateful, joyful and compassionate.

 

Gossip is indisputably harmful to the society. Some people gossip to elevate their morbid sense of superiority. Some people derive pleasure from others’ misfortune. If anyone spreading malicious rumors, please tell him, “I do not feel comfortable with the direction this conversation is going.” Or ask them to provide evidence to back up their argument. Speak up against malicious gossip.

 

Words are powerful to alter a person’s life (James 3:5). As we talk, we must keep hold of our conscience.The Bible says, “Do not spread false reports” and “Do not slander one another.”  (Exodus 23:1; James 4:11). Slander can possibly ruin a person’s reputation, career and interpersonal relationships. By gossiping, it “stirs up conflict,” discord, quarrels, and misunderstanding (Proverbs 16:28; Proverbs 26:20).Thus, “whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it” is committing a sin” (James 4:17 says). 

 

Select Your Company Carefully

God warns us to stay away from people who tend to gossip (Proverbs 20:19).Evidently, “The righteous choose their friends carefully” (Proverbs 12:26).  The Bible says,  “Bad company corrupts good character” and “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin” because “the wicked leads them astray” (1 Corinthians 15:33, Proverbs 18:24; Proverbs 12:26). According to the Bible, “a perverse person stirs up conflict” and“Gossip is spread by wicked people”  (Proverbs 16:28, Proverbs 16:28)   Be hopeful, because “There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24).

 

Malicious talkers are not trustworthy and they are not worthy of our time and respect (1 Timothy 3:9-11). Bible instructs us not to “conceal hatred with lying lips and spreads slander” and “Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies” (Proverbs 10:18; Psalm 34:13) .

 

Bible Verses about Gossiping

According to Bible, “The prudent hold their tongues” and “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues …. their religion is worthless” ( Proverbs 10:19, James 1:26; Proverbs 20:19; Leviticus 19:16).

 

Bible reminds people that “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths” and only speak what may “benefit those who listen” (Ephesians 4:29).

 

We Can’t Unsay What We’ve Said

It’s best to err on the side of caution. It’s best to guard over our months. The Bible asserts  that “a dishonest man spreads strife” (Proverbs 16:28). By gossiping, we have a great chance to commit wickedness without awareness in the forms  of slander, arrogance, bullying. By gossiping, we might do injustice to others without awareness. Simply put, nothing good comes from malicious gossiping (Proverbs 13:3). By sharing unverified information around, subtle innuendos can potentially damage the life of anyone (Proverbs 26:20). 

 

#Rule 1: “Do to others as you would have them do to you” (Luke 6:31). 

#Rule 2:  “Better is open rebuke than hidden love” (Proverbs 27:5-6).

 I was the one who breathed and internalized social prejudice without awareness. Every individual can be easily deceived or gullible especially when we are being clueless about something or someone. I was totally gullible but I didn’t aware of it and I made reckless judgments.

 

As I enjoy more solitude moments, I earn the chance to develop independent thinking, and it does change the way how interpret the world. It is assured that moderate solitude does help boost self-improvement.

 

The Masses Might Be the Lost Ones

People get lost when they seek the recognition from the general public because the masses might be the lost ones. Mental health crisis is sweeping on a global scale, because the core value of capitalism is incompatible with what human truly needs.

Wise Library 1985

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