The No Gossip Zone

“Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down,” (Proverbs 26:20 NIV).

A monster was sneaking into my yard in the dark of night and devouring my prize plants. I never saw his beady eyes or heard his pounding footsteps – just the aftermath of his destruction. He left a trail of slim as he moved from plant to plant, leaving large gaping holes in broad leaf Gerber Daisies, gnawing entire velvety trumpet-shaped blossoms on purple petunias and reducing bushy begonias to naked stalks.

I asked a neighbor about my flowerbed’s demise and she determined, “You’ve got slugs.”

Slugs!” I exclaimed. “The yard monster is a tiny little slug?”

“You can put out slug bait to catch them and see for yourself,” my confident neighbor continued.

I sprinkled slug bait all around the yard and then waited. The next morning I viewed the “monsters” remains. The beasts were about ¼ inch long – about the size of my little toe nail.

How could something so small cause so much damage in such a short amount of time? I mused. Then my mind thought of something else that is very small that can cause enormous damage in a short amount of time… gossip. King Solomon wrote, “The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man’s inmost parts.” Just as one tiny slug can destroy an entire flower bed, so can one tiny morsel of gossip destroy a person’s reputation, mare one’s character, and devour a friendship.

 In the South we have this knack for making gossips sound…almost nice. All you have to do is add “bless her heart” to the end of the sentence. It goes like this: “Susie gained fifty pounds with that last pregnancy, bless her heart.” “Marcy’s husband ran off with his secretary, bless her heart.” “I heard Clair yelling at the postman yesterday, bless her heart.” But all the “bless her hearts” don’t make mask what it really is…gossip.

 Solomon wrote, “Whoever repeats the matter separates close friends,” (Proverbs 17:9 TNIV).  Charles Allen, the author of God’ Psychiatry observed: “Those of great minds discuss ideas, people of mediocre minds discuss events, and those of small minds discuss other people.”  Maybe if we are spending our time talking about people, we need to fill our minds with better material such as good books and other reading material (and I don’t mean People Magazine or the National Enquirer).

What exactly is gossip? Webster defines gossip as ”easy, fluent, trivial talk, talk about people behind their backs.” It is repeating information about another person’s private affairs. If you have to look around to make sure that no one can hear what you are saying, you are probably gossiping. If you would not say something in front of the person you are talking about, then you’re probably gossiping.

We have often heard the phrase, “knowledge is power.” Perhaps that is why gossip is so appealing. It suggests a certain amount of power because, “I have the inside scoop.” But gossip is not power. On the contrary it shows a lack of power…lack of self-control.

Today, let’s make our lives a NO GOSSIP ZONE.

Let’s Pray
Lord, please keep a guard over my mouth today. If I even consider gossiping about someone, convict me before a word leaves my mouth. May the words of my mouth be pleasing in Your sight today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

If you are willing to make today a NO GOSSIP ZONE in your life, leave a comment on today’s blog post.  Just  type in the following words: I’m living in a NO GOSSIP ZONE.        

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29 Responses to The No Gossip Zone

  1. Monique May 22, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    I’m Live in a No Gossip Zone.
    This message really convicted me and unfortunately I’m guilty! However, God is faithful in helping us recognize when we’re walking in opposite to His Word. I want my words to be pleasing in His sight and to Bless, Encourage, and Inspire the hearer. Thank you for this message.

  2. deb May 22, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    I’m living in a NO GOSSIP ZONE!

  3. Karri Hollingsworth May 22, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    I’m living in a NO GOSSIP ZONE.
    Love this message today!!

  4. Ruth Jonassen May 22, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    I’m living in a NO GOSSIP ZONE

  5. christinah May 22, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    im living in a no gossip zone

  6. linda May 22, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    I’m living in a NO GOSSIP ZONE.

  7. marisse May 22, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    I’m living in a no gossip zone.

  8. Jules Rothacher May 22, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

    I am living in a No Gossip Zone!

  9. Beth May 23, 2012 at 12:48 am #

    I am living in a No Gossip Zone!

  10. DJ May 23, 2012 at 3:25 am #

    Today as i read your blog, it bought alot of memories back from over the years that gossip has taken churches apart. I have to admit, in my 65 yrs i have gossiped but as of today I’m living in a no gossip zone. Thank you so much for making me think do i do that or is that part of my life. DJ

  11. Cindy May 23, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    I’am living in a NO GOSSIP ZONE!

  12. Renee May 23, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    I’m living in a No Gossip Zone

  13. maria May 23, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    I confess that I gossiped this early morning, but I trust that God can forgive me and keep me in the NO GOSSIP ZONE today.
    Thank you for this message this morning it was great.

  14. Rebecca May 24, 2012 at 7:38 am #

    I’m living in a no gossip zone.

  15. nyambura May 24, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

    I’m living in a no gossip zone I’m guilty but God is forever loving forgiving and faithful

  16. Keeia May 24, 2012 at 6:14 pm #

    I’m living in a No Gossip Zone. This message was really convicting to me as well. Thank you so much for sending this. It was much needed.

  17. Sharon Newmann May 24, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

    I’m living in a NO GOSSIP ZONE. Thanks for this timely message – I could have gossiped about someone recently and hurt her feelings. God helped me to refrain, so thank you, Jesus!

  18. Edwina Dunbar-Johnson May 25, 2012 at 1:33 am #

    WOW, man, you hit-the-nail-right-on-the-head my sister. We all have been guilty of this thing call GOSSIP. Some more and some less but just the same, we are all GUILTY. When it comes to destroying a person’s character is when it’s time to put a sock in the mouth. STOP!

    Your message hit home and I would say “What a Pivotal Role to Follow” Well written, well composed. I HEAR YOU!!
    EDWINA DUNBAR-JOHNSON

    Edwina Dunbar-Johnson

  19. Delores May 25, 2012 at 5:18 am #

    WOW, I read your last post on the NO GOSSIP ZONE so I went to the first one which is this one and I had to ask God to forgive me for something that I shared with our Daughter that was GOSSIP. I’m living in a NO GOSSIP ZONE one day at a time. Thank you for allowing God to use you to bless us.
    Dee

  20. KC May 25, 2012 at 7:35 am #

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I really needed to hear this, it really strengthens my resolve to live in a No Gossip Zone.

  21. Gina May 25, 2012 at 8:12 am #

    As from today I am not living in a No Gossip Zone. Thank you for this powerful message.

  22. Myrna Tidd May 25, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    I am in a situation where people are being divided , hurt and peace has been lost. I appreciate your message , please pray for me as I strive to be A PEACEMAKER . . Myrna

  23. Christa May 25, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    I’m living in a NO GOSSIP ZONE!

  24. kristine May 26, 2012 at 2:49 am #

    One day a guy at work ,who is a Christian, came up to me and said,’that girl over there started talking to me and was telling me her whole life story about how she was on drugs and alcohol, how her boyfriend did drugs at one time,…’. When he got done telling me all what she said, I said to him, ” do you think maybe God was wanting you to know that information so you could pray for her?” He said he never looked at it that way before! Sometimes I think if we take that information we can take advantage of it by praying for that person/persons or situation! I love praying for people! So when I hear any kind of talk going on, I take it to the Lord!

  25. Helen May 29, 2012 at 8:30 am #

    I am definitely moving and remaining in the no gossip zone

  26. Valerie June 1, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    I’m living in a NO GOSSIP ZONE.

  27. Miriam June 1, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

    I lve this journey of accountability! We can very little in our own strength, however we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us! Because of Christ I can live in a No Gossip Zone! I give Him praise.

  28. Miriam June 1, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    I love this journey of accountability! In my flesh dwells no good thing and I can do very little on my own. But I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Because of Christ I can live in a “No Gossip Zone”! I give Him all of the praise.

  29. Melanie Verano June 2, 2012 at 3:09 am #

    I’M LIVING IN A NO GOSSIP ZONE!

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