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Gossip's Corrupt Fruit
By Tom Moody

“GOSSIP” is idle talk or rumors about others. The word can also be applied to the person who initiates or repeats such idle talk.

Many jokes are made about gossip. Some seem to view gossip as a harmless exercise – an annoyance or nuisance at worst.

Christians should realize that gossip (slander, tale bearing, being a busy body) is sinful and carries with it the potential of much heartache and devastation. The sinfulness and seriousness of gossip is clearly illustrated by its effects which are listed in a number of scirptures.

1. GOSSIP MAKES A FOOL OF THE ONE WHO PRACTICES IT. “…he that uttereth a slander is a fool”, Proverbs 10:18.

2. GOSSIP CAUSES DEEP WOUNDS, “The words of a tale bearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly”, Proverbs 26:22.

3. GOSSIP WILL SEPARATE CLOSE FRIENDS, “A forward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends”, Proverbs 16:28.

4. GOSSIP BRINGS SHAME UPON THE TALE BEARER. “Debate thy cause with thy neighbor himself; and disclose not a secret to another: lest he that heareth it put thee to shame and thine infamy turn not away”, Proverbs 25:9-10.

If you are tempted to gossip, work on purifying your heart (because evil speech proceeds from the heart, Matthew 15:18-20), increase your love for others, and learn to use your speech “to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers”, Ephesians 4:29.

GOSSIP TOWN

Have you ever heard of Gossip Town
On the shores of Falsehood Bay,
Where old Rumor with rustling gown
Is going the livelong day?

It isn’t far to Gossip Town,
For people who want to go.
The idleness Train will take you down
In just an hour or so.

The thoughtless Road is a popular route,
And most folks start that way,
But it’s steep down grade; if you don’t watch out,
You’ll land in Falsehood Bay.

You glide through the valley of Vicious Town
And into the tunnel of Hate;
Then cross the Add—To Bridge you walk
Right into the city gate.

The principal street is called, “They say,”
“I’ve Heard” is the public well,
And the breezes that blow from Falsehood Bay
Are laden with, “Don’t You Tell.”

In the midst of the town is Tell Tale Park.
You’re never quite safe while there,
For its owner is Madame Suspicious Remark,
Who lives on the street, Don’t Care.

Just back of the park is Slanders Row.
‘Twas there that Good Name died.
Pierced by a dart from Jealousy’s bow,
In the hands of Envious Pride.

From Gossip Town, peace long since fled,
But envy, and strife and woe
And sorrow and care, you find instead,
If ever you chance to go.

Author Unknown

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