Last time I shared the first of two simple tools to help us avoid gossip. First, we must guard our ears. You can typically stop gossip with one question – Why are you telling me this? That question generates some healthy self-evaluation. The softer approach to this question might be to ask, “have you had a chance to talk to the person about this?”
Even though guarding our ears is a great tool to put an end to gossip, sometimes people still go on with their gossip. In those cases, you may have to distance yourself from the relationship or maybe sever the relationship altogether. This is consistent with a Biblical principle found in Proverbs 20:19, “A gossip goes around telling secrets, so don’t hang around with chatterers.” That is very simple, very clear instruction from the book of Proverbs.
If you want to avoid gossip, guard your ears…
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