Gossip is not "networking", It's not "sharing concerns" or "bringing someone up to speed".
Gossip exactly what your mother taught you. It is talking about someone behind his or her back. While the subject of our gossip might not be outrageous, our gossip will result in anger, bitterness, hurt feelings, even damaged relationships.
Don’t take my word for it, examine Romans 1:29-30, “They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents;” (NIV)
Look at that, gossip is just as heinous as being a God hater.
Gossip creates a false sense of piety. Behind the “honorable” mask of concern lies the ugly face of selfishness, insecurity and spiritual immaturity.
The next time you’re tempted to engage in gossip:
1. Recognize the truth that gossip is a sin.
2. Exercise the power of words to fortify and edify others.
3. Acknowledge the damaging effect gossip will have on others.
Friends, I've engaged in more gossip than I care to admit and I have experienced every negative outcome this sin brings. I hope you will join the conversation today and share your story.