Today, instead of reconciling relationships and seeking peace in the world, many professing Christians choose to gossip and stir up strife. On several occasions, I have witnessed people in the workplace having problems or concerns with others, but instead of talking to them about the misunderstanding, opportunity for growth, or legitimate issue, they vent to everyone else about it. Sometimes, it turns out that the offended person’s concern was a false idea that Satan used to create separation and disorder. All of that for nothing. I have been on both ends of this and realized how damaging it can be. Not only is this unbiblical, but it is also of an evil origin.
If you have a problem with a person, don’t gossip. Man or woman up in the Lord and go talk to that person in patience, honesty, and love. Remember, you reap what you sow, and most times we reap far worse. Follow God’s protocol, not Satan’s.
“If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. But if you are unsuccessful, take one or two others with you and go back again, so that everything you say may be confirmed by two or three witnesses. If the person still refuses to listen, take your case to the church. Then if he or she won’t accept the church’s decision, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector. (Matthew 18:15-16)
A perverse person spreads dissension, and a gossip separates the closest friends. (Proverbs 16:28)