How to form a defense mechanism when it comes to people that cannot help themselves when it comes to Gossiping. Something I learned from a friend is the minute you pick up someone is going to gossip about someone else and you don’t want to take part in this conversation, to abruptly interrupt the person while they are still in process of speaking.
Changing the conversation immediately and discussing the weather or a new recipe you are trying out. I must say it is a little abrasive and rude but it does work. The problem with people who gossip is, they just cannot help themselves and it is a contagious thing.
What we don’t realize is that God wants us to act like the Lord Jesus Christ. John 17 verse 22 to 23 (AMPC) says: “I have given them the glory and honor which You have given Me, that they may be one [even] as We are one: I in them and You in Me, in order that they may become one and perfectly united, that the world may know and [definitely] recognize that You sent Me and that You have loved them [even] as You have loved Me.”
Now moving into the sin part of gossiping we learn in Proverbs 6 verse 16 to 19 it states: “These six things the Lord hates, indeed, seven are an abomination to HIM: A proud look [the spirit that makes one overestimate himself and underestimate others], a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that manufactures wicked thoughts and plans, feet that are swift in running to evil,”
Then the ultimate sin which is deadly “A false witness who breathes out lies [even under oath], and he who sows discord among his brethren.” This word “discord” means “disagreement between people, or strife, conflict, friction, hostility.” So in fact when we gossip we are “breathing out lies, telling tall stories.” God hates this sin without a doubt.
As you focus on the day and listen to the people around you, beware that you do not start gossiping and if you have the habit of gossiping, close your mouth, pray to the Lord to place a watch over your mouth. Guard your words, because God hates this “A false witness who breathes out lies [even under oath], and he who sows discord among his brethren.”
Elohim Bashamayim, God in Heaven, humbly we stand guilty of sin and gossiping. Please Lord in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth we humble ourselves asking to forgive us. We pray asking to help us keep a watch over our mouths today and let us not speak ill of our family and friends, in the Holy Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, we pray. Amen