“‘To Those Who Hear…’ Grace Gossip & the Golden Rule”

We know that the Golden Rule is Jesus’ re-stating & re-thinking of what might be the Bible’s most famous law:

Lev. 19:18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.

It is interesting that two verses before this fulfillment of all the law and the prophets we find the clearest and most direct Biblical injunction against gossip –

Lev. 19:16 Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the LORD.

Talebearer – Informer

When we get done with what the Bible teaches about talebearing or gossip we might conclude that it is asking us, “Why are you talking about anybody else, at all?”

The Bible gives us three areas of speech that we should eliminate or decrease and all three can be classified as talebearing or gossip…