I can appreciate the world’s standard of what gossip is and isn’t. I can go to webster’s definition and totally justify much of my behavior concerning this matter. Under positive subheadings, I can talk about my friends and colleagues with “good intentions” and reckless abandon.
Or with the discernment of the Holy Spirit and the plumb line of love, I can take a look at these actions and realize that anytime I talk about someone else outside of their company, I’m sinning. Secret meetings to talk about others, blogging about others, in general- just talking about people without them being present or without directly addressing them, is sin and destroys relationships. It seems to be more like a silent and effective erosion that takes all the foundation and structure out from beneath the top layer of cordial conversation, but it doesn’t go unnoticed.
You share with a friend about another friend, and immediately you give a place for evil to slide in and instigate. Some are so intrenched in this lifestyle that behind their eyes lie large fortresses of darkness that have been erected where judgement, pride, envy, jealously and all other types of evil are housed.
You may have a pretty good definition of gossip that you justify your lifestyle with, but is it God’s?