Gossip can cause someone a great deal of pain when they are the person being spoken of. It can ruin the reputation of that person for a long time, and not all of the damage can be repaired. Everyone at some point is the focus of the gossip conversation. Gossip is like a fire in the forest that spreads quickly when the wind picks up. In fact most of the time we do not know the damage we are causing the other individual.
Why do we need to make everything our business and place judgement upon another? Some people act as though they are helping another person by being nosy. When actually they take that information and go speak behind the other person’s back. How are they truly helping then, by steering others to think in the direction of what the gossiper wants them to believe.
Stop and think about this. Reflect on how you are gossiping. Do your best to refrain from this behavior. You start to do more good than damage, if you stop gossiping.
This happens not only among friends and family, it happens far more among co-workers. They think they are righteous and better than the person they speak of by gossiping, and in the end what goes around comes around eventually if there is no repentance.