Did you play the Telephone Game in elementary school? It started with the teacher whispering a comment in your ear then it got passed to the next student until it went all the way around. It was often funny what the last person thought they heard. Gossip is like that. The first whisper is rarely the same as the last. I makes me remember a time when Ray, my husband, was having a cath procedure done to see what what going on with his heart. By the time it got back to us he was having a heart replacement. Of course, we had to assure everyone who had heard the news that at the most he might have a stent placed. That’s what happens, isn’t it? Our words are repeated and repeated until they in no way resemble what was originally said.
The 9th Commandment says do not bear false witness. Do not lie. Do not speak untruths. It could also say…QUIT GOSSIPING! Over and over the Word tells us to bridle our tongues (James 1:26). Perhaps a bridle should be part of the Armor! Look at some of the verses I’ve put into my own words.
Proverbs 21:3 Keep yourself out of trouble by thinking before you speak.
Matthew 12:37 You will be both justified and condemned by every spoken word.
John 1:1 God is the Word! Always has been and always will be!
Luke 6:35 What the mind is really thinking the mouth says!
Proverbs 18:13 Listen before you say anything.
Psalm 118:17 Live and talk about God!
One more thought…It is perfectly OK and perhaps even scriptural (see Titus 1:10 below) to ask the person who says to much, the gossip who shares to much, the abuser who is demeaning…to just Shut Up!
Titus 1:10 For there are a lot of rebels out there, full of loose, confusing, and deceiving talk. Those who were brought up religious and ought to know better are the worst. They’ve got to be shut up! (The Message)
My fervent prayer is this: Oh, LORD, My rock and my Redeemer, may the words of my mouth and the thoughts I am thinking be acceptable in Your sight. (Psalm 19:14)