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What Exactly is Gossip?…

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What Exactly is Gossip?

When we mention gossip as sin.
A question people often ask is,”What exactly is gossip?”
Because very often the definition can be blurry and confusing.
I would describe gossip as revealing negative information about someone with a malicious motive to destroy their reputation.
It could involve speaking negative things behind people’s backs,yet pretending to them and it’s an act of betrayal.
Sometimes you can reveal negative information to people who are in a position to help the person with the motive of your heart being to seek help for this person,that is not gossip.
Or you can reveal negative information regarding something that transpired between you and someone else with a clear motive of seeking help on how to solve the problem.

For example,the bible says when your brother or sister wrongs you and you fail to solve the problem between you,go and tell two others in church so that you all sit together and solve the problem.(Matthew 18:15-18)
Clearly the reason of revealing this information to the others was for correction,not to gain pleasure out of it,and God will truly see your heart and know the real motive.

God cannot be deceived and sees the real motive of the heart on why you revealed that information.
Gossip involves getting pleasure out of revealing negative information with no intention to help whatsoever.
Sometimes people can try to cover up gossip and say,”oh we need to pray for him/her” after gossiping someone,but in reality the intent of the information they revealed was to hurt the person’s reputation, not to help or pray for the person.
People can try to deceive themselves but deep down their hearts they always know what they are really trying to achieve and God also sees their hearts.
Information shared through gossip is always meant to destroy,not with a motive of love or kindness.
Gossip is betrayal because the person entrusted you with information about themselves,but you betray that trust and use it against them.
The best way we could deal with it is to do to others as we would have them do to us.
If we would be hurt if someone revealed such information about us,it means the person we are talking about with no intention to help whatsoever would also be hurt.
The motive of gossip is always negative,meant for harm, never to build and help.

When you are revealing information about people,deep down your heart you will always know the reason you are revealing that information,even when you can lie to people, your heart knows the truth.

Proverbs 20:19
“He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets; Therefore do not associate with one who flatters with his lips.”

Ephesians 4:29
“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.”

2 Corinthians 12:20
“For I fear lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I wish, and that I shall be found by you such as you do not wish; lest there be contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, backbitings, whisperings, conceits, tumults;”

Leviticus 19:16-17
“You shall not go about as a talebearer among your people; nor shall you take a stand against the life of your neighbor: I am the Lord.
‘You shall not hate your brother in your heart. You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him.”

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26 Comments

26 Comments

  1. Ev Tawonga Chirambo Moyo

    August 16, 2022 at 9:42 am

    Very true sister. God bless you for this write-up

  2. Aleena Joy Vidal Mataya

    August 16, 2022 at 9:42 am

    Gossiping was what God hates. May the Lord help us to talk only those which was holy in His sights and not about the lives of other people. We have individual lives which has individual solutions. Let them have their own business. And just to look unto Jesus Hebrew 12:2

  3. Rachel Light Vessel

    August 16, 2022 at 10:08 am

    My family that I live with mostly take the better part of there time discussing others….sometimes I do also get entangled with them in this, when they say something then you respond instead of rebuking,I know it’s a sin and have asked the the lord to show me how I can handle this……. The holy spirit told me that….whenever they say something negative about the others,say something positive about the same people…….I did this for quite some time and eventually they no longer gossip when I’m around, they find me now not “entertaining” enough to be around with .
    I’m glad cause,ad rather sit in a room alone and meditate about God than sit around people who are not interested in wanting to talk about God.

  4. Bryan Saga

    August 16, 2022 at 10:31 am

    oh yes this is damning sin. I suffer because of my fellow coworkers talking behind my back.

  5. Ayinde Deborah

    August 16, 2022 at 10:52 am

    May the Holy Spirit help us

  6. Linda Mumba

    August 16, 2022 at 10:57 am

    Amen,
    May the Lord break every power of sin from our lives.
    Thanks and may you remain blessed.

  7. Michael Obwolo

    August 16, 2022 at 11:28 am

    AMEN

  8. Cody Atwell

    August 16, 2022 at 11:30 am

    Instead of gossiping about people we should be telling them to repent instead

  9. Tabby Kariuki Ngugi

    August 16, 2022 at 11:48 am

    Amen God bless you my sister for this message

  10. Zukisa Praise Khephe

    August 16, 2022 at 12:16 pm

    What about when you speak Good things about Someone but he or she is Absent? Maybe something they have done and you’re trying to tell your friend about them? Complementing

  11. Victor Enemaku

    August 16, 2022 at 12:51 pm

    As a matter of fact, everyone even the most righteous man has his own bad sides that if we sit down to gossip him, time wouldn’t be enough…but why concentrate on the bad sides of people? I realised that everyone even that worse terrible man has somethings positive that we can say about him, if we can decide to see the good in people, gossip will be reduced, not undermining correcting them as at when due though. I’ve been guilty of this on some occasions but thank God for helping me and I pray He helps us to refrain from this.

    Thanks sister Racheal 🙏🏽

  12. Darlene Joseph

    August 16, 2022 at 1:30 pm

    I find it difficult to differentiate gossip from backbiting, what’s your take on the latter

  13. Rebecca Glows

    August 16, 2022 at 2:20 pm

    Amen. God bless you for pouring out all these teachings 🔥🔥🔥

  14. Melvin Roncal

    August 16, 2022 at 2:50 pm

    Amen

  15. Daniel Maithya

    August 16, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    Thank you sister, sometimes I feel guilty,not to forgive myself when I find am in ,in such little sins that brought I away with the presence of God,,
    Ooooh Lord help me

  16. Caroline Banda

    August 16, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    Amen

  17. Febe Palit-Heydemans

    August 17, 2022 at 2:32 am

    Amen

  18. Britel Situmbeko

    August 17, 2022 at 6:35 am

    Well said my sister that is one of the weakness I’m many women may God help us to stay away from gossiping and backbiting

  19. Benson Nganga

    August 17, 2022 at 9:03 am

    Amen.

  20. Jason Blake

    August 17, 2022 at 2:02 pm

    Was studying this last night in James 3 received alot of revelation knowledge, by the holy ghost.

  21. Momelezi Jam-Jam

    August 17, 2022 at 2:04 pm

    Still asking myself what’s the point of creating something if you gonna destroy it😪

  22. Paul Makote

    August 18, 2022 at 8:43 am

    Amen

  23. Kevin Erik Sukendro

    August 18, 2022 at 2:53 pm

    Rachael Abigail Mushala Chisulo Pray for me so that my brain works at academics pleaseeeeee

  24. Chimarauche Gre At

    August 18, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    Mercy on me ,I repent

  25. Valery Zekou

    August 20, 2022 at 11:35 am

    Shalom m’y sister God bless you,please give an advise. I sée myself many Times in our father house in m’y Dreams but i don’t leave there anymore. What that is mean. Thanks a lot

  26. Martin Mathuva

    August 21, 2022 at 11:03 am

    Thanks dear Sister in Jesus Christ.

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