«A talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter» (Proverbs 11:13).
Once upon a time there was a frog sitting at the edge of a river. Suddenly, a scorpion came up to him and said, «Hey, I need to cross the river. Could you take me on your back?»
«No way,» replied the frog. «If I take you on my back, you’ll sting me, and I’ll die.»
The scorpion looked and smiled at the frog and said: «Don’t be naive. If you I sting you, we’ll both drown and die.»
The frog thought the scorpion’s argument reasonable and agreed to carry it on its back. But when they were halfway through the journey, the scorpion stung the frog.
«What have you done!» Now we’ll both die!»
The scorpion responded: «I’m sorry. It’s my nature. I couldn’t help it.»
Something similar happens with a gossiper. les almost impossible for them to keep a secret. Therefore no matter how many promises they make of not revealing something, they will eventually succumb to temptation. In addition, it is very likely that they will add to the version by dressing up their comments with some personal interpretations. The gossiper tends to propagate unfounded rumors, sow discord with their poisonous remarks, and speak without thinking.
The Bible considers gossip as an attack on the lives of others: 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» (Leviticus 19:16). The tongue, then, becomes a deadly weapon on the lips of a gossiper. A reckless comment may lead to the ruin of others, to the point of putting their lives at risk.
Now, if you know that someone is gossiper, why do you hang out with that person? Gossipers live on «eating their neighbors.» Just as it happened to the frog, sooner or later they will reveal their true nature and put you into a troublesome spot. Gossiping is an unacceptable vice among young Christians. Don’t develop it under any circumstances. If you do, you will keep valuable people away from your life and surround yourself with undesirable people. If this is your case, remove yourself from gossipers immediately, and ask God for forgiveness of your sins and surrender your life to Him. In Christ there is power to transform your heart and change your life (Ezekiel 36:25-27).
God has given us the tongue to edify the lives of others and proclaim the hope of the gospel. Do not destroy the blessed gift you have received. Make it a habit of being prudent when you speak and do not make judgments about others.