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Gossip! It’s wrong. It hurts people. God said not to do it. But, it’s so much fun to do! Resisting it, for a lot of people, means a big spiritual struggle inside. Some justify it by saying things such as:
- “I’m not gossiping, I’m networking”
- “I’m not gossiping, I’m just telling my friend about this guy I know that...”
- “I’m not gossiping, I’m just asking my friend to pray for my family member who...”
- “I’m not gossiping, I’m just making an observation about a co-worker.”
The response that was given in the following comments was very negative, saying that the message was inappropriate for a public forum because it’s a private matter. My heart went out to all of them. I felt bad for the person who wrote the status, because he had to endure the feedback. I felt even worse for the person who left negative comments because I realized that after a lifetime of knowing this person she hasn’t changed or grown in Christ in the least. She has a long history of being very negative toward other people all the time.
I didn’t gossip about these people, when I certainly could have, and even wanted to. I could have even injected myself into their conversation and told them exactly how I felt; but I didn’t. I thought about God, and how He would want me to react. The proper comeback to the status message, if the responding person felt so strongly about it would have been to send a private message; and even then she should have said things to help and build up, not tear down. Her response to the message was more inappropriate than the status she was commenting on as being unsuitable.
The next time you’re standing around the water cooler at work, and someone says “Did you hear the latest news?!”, how are you going to respond? I think Thumper in the 1942 Walt Disney movie Bambi said it best “"If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all."
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