How difficult it is to control your tongue? James 3 says the tongue “completely contaminates” our bodies when it’s used to speak evil of another.
Pastor Scott Sauls likens gossip to “pornography of the mouth—a cheap thrill that offers zero commitment to the person being objectified.”
These five passages exhort Christ-followers to hold their tongues and be trustworthy and truthful.
The LORD continued, “Never spread false rumors. Don’t join forces with wicked people by giving false testimony. Never follow a crowd in doing wrong.
Keep your tongue from saying evil things
and your lips from speaking deceitful things.
Whoever gossips gives away secrets,
but whoever is trustworthy in spirit can keep a secret.
Without wood a fire goes out,
and without gossip a quarrel dies down.
As charcoal fuels burning coals and wood fuels fire,
so a quarrelsome person fuels a dispute.
The words of a gossip are swallowed greedily,
and they go down into a person’s innermost being.
At the same time, they learn to go around from house to house since they have nothing else to do. Not only this, but they also gossip and get involved in other people’s business, saying things they shouldn’t say.
1 Timothy 5:13