Gossip-we don’t like it. It makes us feel uncomfortable. We know it’s not good. But often, like a train wreck, we just can turn away. And if we’re honest, we’ll admit that we have even taken part in feeding the fire ourselves.
Yet, God tells us in Proverbs, exactly how to deal with it:
“Fire goes out without wood,
and quarrels disappear when gossip stops.” (Proverbs 26:20 NLT)
So let me ask you, are you feeding the fire?
Workplace gossip isn’t anything new. We have all been faced with it. You may think there is nothing you can do about it, that it is beyond your control to stop. This simply isn’t the case. We have a choice.
By choosing not to participate in gossip, to not even listen to it, the fire will die out. Now, it may not disappear from your workplace environment all together, but it will disappear from your presence.
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We can feed that fire by giving ear to the gossip, or we can let the fire go out. How? On a practical level, it can be as simple as making a statement to the gossiper like:
“You know, I just don’t feel comfortable talking about someone who isn’t around to defend themselves.”
or ask the gossip:
“Are you telling me this so I can help you with a solution?”
You’ll find that person will no longer bring gossip your way. He/she will go look for another audience. And yes, you may be the subject of that person’s gossip to someone else. So what? You can rest in know you have followed God’s word, and I guarantee that your workplace environment will improve.
Taking a stand on stopping gossip will make quarrels disappear-that’s God’s promise.
And God always keeps His promises.