How Gossip Undermines Trust and Integrity

How Gossip Undermines Trust and Integrity
Devotion by Pastor Alexander Redd
September 20, 2023

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

How we handle our relationships is a clear reflection of our integrity. This includes ensuring that we speak about people in the same respectful way, whether they are present or not. In short, avoiding gossip is key.

The Bible says gossip betrays confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret (Proverbs 11:13). This emphasizes the importance of trust and integrity in maintaining relationships.

But what is gossip exactly? Gossip is discussing someone's issues with people who are not involved in the problem or its solution. We often gossip because it can make us feel superior at the expense of the person we are discussing. That's why gossip is not only damaging but also misleading.

The Bible warns that a person who gossips cannot be trusted. Nowadays, we see a lot of gossip circulating on social media, even among people who claim to uphold high moral values. It's important to have individuals who can be trusted to keep secrets and not spread gossip on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others.

Whether online or offline, gossip can cause divisions and breakdowns in groups, including churches. Everyone needs to know they have a safe space with a few trustworthy friends where they can be themselves without fearing that their words will be broadcast.

The Bible also states, "Whoever spreads slander is a fool" (Proverbs 10:18 GNT).

Nobody wants to be seen as a fool. Spreading gossip doesn't just harm the people you're discussing, but it also damages you by undermining and potentially ruining your relationships. Showing integrity means being someone who can be relied upon to keep secrets and not talk about others behind their back.

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