The High Cost of Loose Lips

The High Cost of Loose Lips 
By Pastor Alexander L. Redd 
April 30, 2024  

"A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret" (Proverbs 11:13).  
Your relationships are one of the main ways you show that you're trustworthy. Trust in relationships means refraining from gossiping or speaking negatively about people behind their backs when they are absent.
As we know, gossip occurs when we discuss a situation with someone who isn't involved in the problem or the solution. It's a dangerous habit that often stems from a desire to feel important at the expense of others. But the harm it causes is not just to others but also to ourselves. By avoiding gossip, we protect others from harm and maintain our trustworthiness and peace of mind. We also prevent the erosion of our relationships and the potential damage to our own reputation.
The Bible clearly warns us that we can't be trusted if we gossip. Unfortunately, gossip spreads widely on social media today, even among Christians. We need trustworthy people who know how to keep things confidential instead of spreading everything they hear on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other communication channels.
Gossip, whether online or in person, can damage churches. Everyone needs a safe place with a few close friends to be themselves without worrying that their words will become public. Scripture says anyone who spreads gossip is a fool (Proverbs 10:18).
Do you want to be a fool? Spreading gossip not only hurts the people you talk about, but it also harms you by weakening and destroying your relationships. Remember this! Being a person of integrity means keeping our promises and refraining from gossip.
As a community, let's seek to be people of integrity, treating others with love and respect while avoiding gossip. When we keep our word, we uphold our integrity and contribute to a culture of trust and respect within our community.
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