Trait Number 12: Unsafe people have “feet that run swiftly to mischief”.
Proverbs 10:23 “To do evil is like sport to a fool, But a man of understanding has wisdom.
This could easily be the person who can’t stop talking. They have diarrhea of the mouth but the only thing they talk about is others. They gossip and “stir the pot” constantly. These are the folks who aren’t happy unless they’re griping about something. Heaven forbid everything be OK in their world.
Something that my parents have always said is this, “If they Gossip TO you, they WILL gossip ABOUT you.” In my mind, these are some of the worst types of people. Not only are they gossipers, but they over exaggerate and lie in the process. Now, that being said I know that gossip is a difficult sin to overcome. Especially us women who like to talk, who like to be understood and on the same page as everyone else. But lets face it, sin is sin! Even if what we’re “sharing” is true and accurate it doesn’t mean that it’s right for us to share that information. If the person you’re talking about hasn’t specifically asked YOU to share that with whoever will listen, you need to keep your mouth shut.
As I said above, this is a challenging sin to overcome. We need to be on our guard and pro-active in what is said to us and how we respond to those who attempt to gossip to us. One of the best ways I’ve found to keep people from gossiping to me is this; when they come to me “sharing in the name of prayer requests” someone else’s obviously private business, I will make a comment to the effect, “Wow, we should go talk to her and get the full story, maybe we can help in some way. Let’s go!” Then I will start walking off in the other lady’s direction. The gossiper will always stop me in horror and make up some excuse as to why we shouldn’t go talk to the source of the gossip. I take this opportunity to explain that gossiping is wrong and to leave me out of it. I can’t make them stop, but I can stop MY involvement in this sin.
Be in prayer today about gossip. This is such a tough one! Ask the Lord to zip your lips when you’re tempted to talk and plug your ears when you’re tempted to listen!