Rumors are as deadly as guns. Gossips make snakes look noble. Liars destroy relationships like fire in a forest. Rumors, gossip, and lies share the same destructive family traits. They’re all part of the Busybody Clan, and there isn’t a shred of decency to be found among them.
Have you ever had a run-in with the Busybody Clan? Have you ever had someone attempt to assassinate your character, poison your mind, or burn up your friendships? Get to know Nehemiah. He did his best to do what God commanded. He worked hard and brought people together around a noble cause. He took precautions against a frontal attack, but his enemies changed tack and assaulted him with false charges and threats. Nehemiah refused to stoop to their level (Nehemiah 6:3).
Unless you’re careful, responding to gossip can make you guilty of gossip yourself. Rumormongers revel in the discord they sow. They live in the shadows and hide like cowards. They always seem to have a scapegoat tethered nearby, just in case they need a diversion to enable their escape.
Bite your tongue rather than spread a rumor. Better to swallow your words than to be judged by them (Matthew 12:36).
Reposted with permission from onehope.net.