A perverse man sows strife, and a whisperer separates the best of friends. Proverbs 16:28
There is an old adage that says, “Slanderers are Satan’s bellows to blow up contention.” Nothing divides friends or a church faster than the sins of the tongue; gossip, slander, evil reports, and constant criticism.
It seems that some people, Christians included, don’t seem to be content unless they are whispering about the frailties, flaws, and failures of another person. It has been reported that gossip was running down more people than cars, and those guilty of hit-and-run continue on their merry way as if no one had been injured or slain. WRONG! The truth is, reputations of good people are ruined by the carelessness and cold backbiting by those who have little else to do than whisper and gossip.
What many fail to realize is that gossip, slander, and careless whispering is always more dangerous that it seems. Contrary to the riddle once uttered by my grandmother— “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” —WORDS DO HURT. Smearing anyone is wrong. But for a Christian to smear another Christian brings harm and damage to the body of Christ.
I like the observation of the wise old owl…
A wise old owl lived in an oak;
The more he was the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard;
Why can’t we all be like that old bird”
Edward Hersey Richards