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Do we gossip in ministry?

October 18, 2007

The tongue is a powerful weapon. In James it says the tongue can be used both to praise and to curse. The one part it doesn’t clearly speak of in that portion of scripture is gossip. As with other biblical concepts gossip is spoken of in several places (Proverbs, Romans, 2 Corinthians, 1 Timothy, 3 John), but no where does it define exactly what gossip is and is not.

What does it mean to gossip? Is it just speaking negatively about another person? Does it include sharing personal information about someone that they didn’t share on their own? Does it include sharing information that others don’t know which could change the receiver’s perception of the person?

In ministry it is very common to talk about those we serve. We share information about others with our co-leaders, our pastors, our home groups. Are we gossiping? Are the rules different for adults who are working with kids and youth than it is for ministry to adults? Should we be reporting things to the pastor and making him aware of things just because of his role/title even if he is not directly involved in the ministry or situation?

Scripture says “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5). Are your thoughts obedient to Christ? Is your tongue?

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