The root of gossip is negativity, judgment and slander. Avoid associating with people who gossip. “A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much” (Proverbs 20:19). You probably remember the old saying: “If you can’t say something good about others, don’t say anything at all.” Try and remember this when you feel tempted to say something not so nice about someone.
If you have been a gossiper, confess this as sin and ask Christ to forgive you. Keep your nose out of other people’s business.
- Never criticize another person, except to their own face with an intent to help. Criticism can never be “constructive” if expressed to anyone else.
- If your “friends” start bad-mouthing others to you, stop them in their tracks — refuse to be a partaker in this. (1 Tim 5:22).
- Avoid association with persons who gossip. (Prov. 20:19).
“I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth as long as the wicked are in my presence” (Psalms 39:1).
Remember: If you don’t gossip about others, the chances of someone gossiping about you is much, much less. Plus you’ll set an example, and people will respect you for not taking part in it. So rise above it, because you’re better than that!