Most people are familiar with gossip in middle school and high school. What many people are not prepared for is the pervasiveness of gossip throughout one’s adult life: at work, in neighborhoods, among friends, and even in church.
Although we often treat gossiping as a pastime for students in school, it is sinful behavior that affects adults just as much as teenagers and children. These conversations are hurtful and destructive.
As followers of Jesus, we should not participate in gossip. However, many people in churches can testify to the ugly presence of gossip and even one’s own participation in it.
To think about this issue biblically, let’s look at a few key passages and concepts that help us understand how we should respond to gossip when we encounter it in our lives.
The Golden Rule
“Do to others as you would have them do to you” (Luke 6:31).
Referred to as “The Golden Rule,” Jesus’ words are familiar among believers and non-believers alike. As Christians, we should…