Friday, August 11, 2017

"The Effects of Gossip"

She is Executive Director of a large non-profit organization. I asked her “What are the tough things about your job that keep you awake at night?”
Without hesitation, she said gossip. In order to maintain a healthy environment in her organization, she declared, the leadership will not tolerate gossip. Gossip devalues people. The effects of gossip can be devastating. Before you repeat a story, ask yourself:

  •  Is it true?
  • Is it harmless?
  • Is it necessary?

The bottom line is – if it isn’t verifiable, then don’t repeat it!

People gossip for two reasons: First, fear of losing one’s job, making a mistake or fear of looking unimportant. The second reason is pride, wanting attention, wanting to belong or wanting people to think you have the inside track. The gossiper deserves confrontation. Gossipers hurt people.

Proverbs 20:19 calls a gossiper a babbler. Not very flattering. Ephesians 4:29 reads, “Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up as there is need, so that your word may give grace to those who hear.”

That is the Christian Standard!


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