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Sometimes what we say may be true but we still should not say it. Gossip is talking about the private details of someone to others with unkind intent (Proverbs 16:28). We may be tempted to share a secret that’s not ours to share (Proverbs 11:13, 25:9–10). Or we may be tempted to complain—to say that we don’t like something or someone or are discontent with what we have (Philippians 2:14).
In fact, Satan was the first gossip—he talked about God with Eve and tried to get Eve to doubt God’s goodness (Genesis 3:1). And he also encouraged her to be discontent with what God had so freely given them (Genesis 3:4). Sadly, Eve foolishly listened to Satan instead of following God’s path of wisdom.
We need to have tongues that know when to speak and when to stay silent. And we need tongues that, when they do speak, speak wisdom (Proverbs 13:3, 14:3, 15:2).
Before you speak, ask yourself: Is what I’m saying necessary?