When it comes to gossip, there are a few rules that need to be followed
Furthermore, if you happen to hear something about someone resist the urge to share it with anyone.
Ask yourself, why would I share this info with anyone? Is it encouraging, uplifting, does it paint that person in a good light? Is it good news? If it is good news, is it yours to share? If it’s not or it doesn’t, then what is the motivation?
Be mindful of the gossip that comes in the backdoor disguised as ‘concern’. An example of this might be “I’m worried about so and so, have you heard?” Or, “have you heard about Johnny? We should pray for him.”
Also, if you hear something about someone, and it doesn’t line up with who you know them to be, trust your gut, suspend judgement, you don’t have to believe everything that anyone tells you. I’ve had things said about me that weren’t true, and all I could do at the time was hope that the people who heard it really knew me and would form their own opinions about what they had heard, or even better still, they would defend me.
When we engage in gossip, we are helping others to form opinions about people they may not even know yet. Whether that is the intention or not, that is typically what happens.
Let every word that comes out of your mouth be positive words of encouragement and be quick to stop gossip in its tracks.
I am a wife, a mom, a nana, a daughter, a sister, an aunt a niece and a friend. Family, friendships and faith are things I place a high value on, in other words, relationships. I am looking forward to reaching out and connecting with you through this blog, and it is my hope that I can bring a glimmer of encouragement and hope as we embark on this journey together