Christian Bible Studies on Gossip
What are the pros and cons of gossiping? What does the Bible say about Gossiping?The harm of gossiping is assured. The Bible reminds us that “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths” and only speak what may “benefit those who listen” (Ephesians 4:29).The Bible points out the danger and damage of gossiping by stating “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues …. their religion is worthless” (James 1:26; Proverbs 20:19; Leviticus 19:16).
According to the Bible, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit” and “The prudent hold their tongues” (Proverbs 18:21; Proverbs 10:19).
We can’t unsay anything we’ve said. It’s best to err on the side of caution. It’s best to guard over our months. The Bible mentions that “a dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends” (Proverbs 16:28). By gossiping, we have a great chance to commit the wickedness of slander, arrogance, prejudice and jealousy.Simply put, nothing good comes from gossiping (Proverbs 13:3). By sharing unverified information around, subtle innuendos can potentially do injustice to anyone (Proverbs 26:20).
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). The Bible tells us words are powerful (James 3:5).
Also, God warns us to stay away from people who tend to gossip (Proverbs 20:19). As we talk, we must keep hold of our conscience. Malicious talkers are not trustworthy and they are not worthy of respect (1 Timothy 3:9-11). The Bible instruct 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) .
Gossip is indisputably harmful to the society. Some people gossip to serve their own interest or capitalize on others’ misfortunes. Gossiping or rumor-spearing are usually used as a bullying tactic in groups, organizations and so forth. Some people derive pleasure from embarrassing or slandering others to elevate their sense of superiority.
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 bad gossip.
Time for Self-Reflection
Every individual can be easily deceived or gullible when we are being clueless about something or someone. I was totally gullible but I didn’t aware of it and I was judgmental. I was the one who breathed and internalized social prejudice without awareness. As I enjoy more solitude moments, I earn the chance to develop independent thinking more. And it does change the way how interpret the world.
More Bible Verses on the Danger of Gossiping
All my enemies whisper together against me; they imagine the worst for me
The lips of fools bring them strife…and their lips are a snare to their very lives.
Friendship Bible Verses
“The righteous choose their friends carefully” (Proverbs 12:26) “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character” (1 Corinthians 15:33). “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin” because “the wicked leads them astray” (Proverbs 18:24; Proverbs 12:26).
“There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24). “Do to others as you would have them do to you” (Luke 6:31). “Better is open rebuke than hidden love” (Proverbs 27:5-6).
 “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared” (Proverbs 22:24-25) .