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Gossips Anonymous

As much as I appreciate the wisdom of this linguist, the wisdom of the One Who Invented Language says this in Proverbs 16:28, "The perverse stir up dissention, and gossips separate close friends" (TNIV; again, emphasis mine).

So it comes down to determining what gossip is. And as leaders - women who hold vast amounts of information, stories, experience, and even "dirt" - we need to understand the difference between what constitutes gossip and what may be a legit form of connecting or sharing pertinent information (e.g., sharing a work-related issue with a boss or a true concern with a friend). I've heard one good way of determining gossip is to ask yourself if you're either a part of the problem or the solution. If you are neither, shut your ears and your mouth. Does that always work? I can also use Scripture here: if it separates people, it's gossip. I can think of situations where as a leader, I've needed to walk that thin rope carefully - and the distinction of what is gossip and what is pertinent gets murky. So I ask you, gifted women, what your thoughts and experiences as to how we should discern and then handle gossip?

September25, 2007 at 7:54 AM

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