Exhortations

Power of Gossip

The power of Gossip uses the power of the tongue.

Gossip is an easy sin to commit and comes in many ways and varied outcomes; it could be damaging to someone’s reputation and fatal sometimes.

Slanders, lies, rumors, backstabbers… the lists can go on and on, and it is so tiring because there is nothing good these people do but carry on their evil motives. 

How do we respond to Gossip? Do we have a responsibility as Christians? Do we have to confront the Gossipers? Should we mind our own business and let it pass? Do we have to carry every Gossip we hear on our shoulders or ignore it? The Bible could indeed be helping us to shut down the Gossip when it is on our way.

Turn Gossip into an opportunity to be closer to God. “A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.” On the other hand, “A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends” (11:13; 16:28, NIV).

Many, if not all, sinners will be burned in the lake of fire. The sins of Lying, as many may be taught, are just minor sins, but they are wrong; They are on the same level as murderers, immoral persons and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars will have their share in the lake of fire as mentioned in Revelation 21:8. Paul mentions gossips as sin same level as anger, hostility, slander, quarreling, deceit, disorder, jealousy—2 Cor. 12:20). God will never be pleased with sins. It is essential to know that God’s inspired Word lists the sins we should not tolerate. Gossip and lying are not just as simple as we think they are but also heinous sins in all humanity.

Therefore we should not associate with these people who cannot keep their mouths and tongue shut, hurting someone with their wicked deeds. Instead, God desires that we use our words to praise Him and His Word to illuminate lost people and speak wisdom, and through our actions, they may learn and understand the way to God and the power of His Word.

Gossip cause destruction in and out of the Body of Christ. Gossip is just one of many destructive things to the Christian faith. The Catholic seven deadly sins is a behavioral sins that can be corrected. God hates seven things, and Gossip is one of them as mentioned in Proverb 6:19—”the false witness who pours out lies, and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.” Gossiping is an assault on a person’s character, a demeanor that can cause harmful effects. Whether true or not, a person involved decides to let it out of the open. Let their mouth speaks and confess.

Gossip has many branches, such as slander, backbiting, tongue-twisting, and many more, but one thing is for sure:e it has something to do with sin, and sin is strongly condemned in the Bible.

If you want to be an accessory to Gossip, do what the Gossipers do and receive the same punishment from the One True Judge. No secret will not be revealed. Only Got can conceal things, as Proverbs 25:2 says: “It is God’s privilege to conceal things and the king’s privilege to discover them.” However, the source of the Gossip will eventually be revealed, and the hearers who help spread the Gossip will be well-known and put more to shame than those who initiated it.

God is all in all!

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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